GCC says pulling its monitors from Syria mission
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on Tuesday it had decided to withdraw its monitors from an Arab League mission to Syria, following the lead of Saudi Arabia.
January 24, 2012 2:02 by Reuters
The League had urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday to step down over his bloody crackdown on a 10-month-old revolt in which thousands of Syrians have been killed. Saudi Arabia had already withdrawn its monitors, and called for “all possible pressure” on Damascus.
“The GCC states have decided to respond to the decision of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to withdraw its monitors from the Arab League delegation to Syria,” the GCC said in a statement.
It said the GCC was “certain the bloodshed and killing of innocents would continue, and that the Syrian regime would not abide by the Arab League’s resolutions”. (Writing by Joseph Logan; Editing by Mark Heinrich)