VIENNA - A senior Saudi prince said on Friday that Arab states would not allow "the continued massacre" of the Syrian people, while saying he believed President Bashar Assad was unlikely to step down voluntarily.
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria have stalled, with Assad rejecting a peace plan offered in early November by the Arab League.Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal, seen as influential though no longer holding public office, told a conference in Vienna the 22-state Arab League was "not going to sit back and allow the continued massacre of the Syrian people".
"Sanctions have been imposed. I think more measures will be undertaken in the near future," he said.
That Arab League plan calls for government forces to be withdrawn to barracks and Arab observers to be allowed into Syria.