CAIRO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to take necessary steps to refer the responsible for violence in Syria to the international justice.
In a statement issued following the Arab League's (AL) 138th regular meeting of foreign ministers, which began early Wednesday at the AL headquarters in Cairo, the regional bloc condemned the continuous violence, murdering and crimes committed against the Syrian civilians.
They also denounced using heavy weapons to bomb the populated areas, considering the violence as crimes against humanity.
"The brutal violence led almost two millions and half to migration and other several thousands to flee to the neighboring countries," the statement added.
The AL council at the ministerial level asserted the importance of providing the Syrian citizens with all support to defend themselves, and presenting all aids to the aggrieved.
The council also called the chief of the Arab Ministerial Committee, Hamad Bin Gasem, Qatari prime minister, AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi to keep contact with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UN-AL joint special representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to crystallize a new conception for the mission in light of the new developments.
AL council urged all Syrian opposition parties to respond to Arabi's endeavors to deepen consensus on a mutual political vision for the transition period, and adopt mechanisms for coordination and common work.
"We want forming a government that includes all the Syrian spectra," Arabi said, adding "any struggle should be settled via political solutions."
He said the crisis in Syria would not end without a political solution, denying any military solution to finalize this dilemma.
He also told reporters that the AL welcomes all initiatives to stop bloodshed in Syrian and achieve the aspirations of the Syrian citizens, in reference to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's initiative to form a quartet committee which include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey.
At the opening session of the meeting, Morsi said "the Arab countries were responsible for the bloodshed in Syria," calling on those countries to act quickly. "We should help the Syrians to avoid civil war and prevent foreign military intervention," he added.
Meanwhile, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said "the solution should come from inside, and Syria should have good intentions to cooperate and succeed mission of the UN-AL joint special representative."
"As long as we distance the dialogue, we couldn't reach solution," said Mansour.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the AL has officially asked the satellite operators of Arabsat and Nilesat to stop the broadcasting of Syrian media, both public and private, such as Syria TV, al Ekhbaria, and Addounia.
Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat cut transmission of Syrian state TV channels since 1 p.m. (1100 GMT), but the company said the cut was due to contract reasons.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN General Assembly on Tuesday welcomed veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as UN-Arab League joint special representative on Syria and repeated calls for an end to violence in the conflict-torn country.
For his part, Brahimi, a veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, vowed to "spare no effort to participate in the common endeavor to find peace for the Syrian people." Full story