Saudi FM: Only Arab League can recognize Syria council

January 28, 2012 16:59

Saudi Foreign Minister and Emir Saud al-Faisal said Saturday that only the Arab League as a whole body would recognize the Syria National Council (SNC), Al Arabiya reported, as the council announced it would head the UN Security Council for protections from Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Speaking in Istanbul after a meeting between foreign ministers of Turkey and the six Gulf Arab countries, Faisal said that the legal "question of recognizing [the SNC] will be between the nations" of the Arab League.

Meanwhile, an SNC spokesperson said the group, which was officially established in Istanbul last year following the breakout of mass protests in Syria, would ask the Security Council for protection from Assad's troops.

European and Arab countries drafted a resolution on Syria that resembles the Arab League peace plan that called for Assad to transfer his power to his deputy to make way for a unity government and elections. Russia, an important ally and arms supplier of Syria's, said Saturday it was willing to engage in the European-Arab draft resolution.

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