Lebanon criticizes Arab League move on Syria

January 23, 2012 16:05


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BEIRUT - Lebanon criticized on Monday the Arab League's call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, saying Arab ministers had taken an "unbalanced" approach to the crisis in Syria.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who refused to endorse the League plan at Sunday's meeting in Cairo, said it had come out of the blue and ignored violence perpetrated by Assad's foes.

"We came to discuss the report of the Arab monitors... and all of a sudden this decision was put on the table," Mansour told reporters at Beirut airport after returning from Egypt.

The Arab League's call for Assad to stand down came at a meeting of foreign ministers held to discuss a report by a monitoring team sent to check whether Syria was implementing a plan aimed at ending more than 10 months of bloodshed.

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