Algeria FM: Arab League the only path for Syria transition
PARIS - Algeria's foreign minister said on Wednesday that an Arab initiative to resolve the Syrian crisis must be given "maximum chance" to broker a change of power through dialogue and avert civil war."Syria is a major concern for the Arab countries," Mourad Medelci told French lawmakers. "Today it finds itself in a pre-civil war situation."Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria have stalled, with President Bashar al-Assad rejecting a peace plan offered in early November by the 22-state Arab League. That plan calls for government forces to be withdrawn to barracks and Arab observers to be allowed into Syria.
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