Assad speaking 311.
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BEIRUT - Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said he had agreed a series of
measures with President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday to help end violence
in Syria, as activists said Assad's forces killed six people in their
relentless crackdown on dissent.
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After talks in Damascus with
Assad, Elaraby said he would present the proposed measures to Arab
foreign ministers who are due to discuss Syria's five-month uprising
against the Syrian president and his military assault on protesters.
focused on the importance of an open national dialogue that encompasses
all personalities on the basis of national reconciliation, in which the
Arab League plays a main role," Elaraby told journalists on his return
to Egypt from Syria. He did not give details.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five people had been killed in
the Bab Amro district of Homs during a sweep by troops and security
forces, shortly before the Arab League secretary-general held talks with
A 45-year-old man was shot dead by security forces at a checkpoint in the northern province of Idlib, it added.
has responded to the wave of street protests, inspired by Arab
uprisings that have overthrown three North African leaders, with a mix
of repression and promises of reform that protesters have dismissed as
too little too late.
"I asserted to President Assad that the
starting point is the need for reforms to emerge from the current crisis
which Syria is passing through," Elaraby said.
of the 22-member Arab League told Syria two weeks ago to work to end
the violence "and resort to reason before it's too late". They will meet
again to discuss Syria on Sept. 13.
The Cairo-based organization
has been under pressure to speak out more openly following the
uprisings that ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt and led to the
overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi -- achieved with NATO air
intervention endorsed by the Arab League.