Arab League chief says fueling violence will not help Syria

March 1, 2012 17:14

CAIRO - Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said on Thursday he was opposed to violence as a way to end the Syrian crisis after Gulf states called for arming the rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have led the Arab charge to isolate Syria, although other leading Arab states outside the Gulf such as Egypt, Algeria and Iraq have taken a more cautious approach.

Kuwait's parliament on Thursday joined calls for arms to be sent to Syrian rebels.

"I am against using violence and the Arab League has no link to arming," Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told a news conference at the League headquarters in Cairo.

The League passed a resolution in February calling for Arabs to "provide all kinds of political and material support" to the opposition, a statement that Arab diplomats confirmed at the time could be interpreted as permitting arms shipments.

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