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Syria given until Sunday to accept Arab plan

By Zeina Karam

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Dec. 4 2011 3:55 a.m. MST

Pro-Syrian regime protesters gather during a protest against sanctions, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday Dec. 2, 2011. The Syrian violence has led to several rounds of sanctions, a key tool used by the international community to exert pressure on the regime. The measures include travel bans and asset freezes. The EU's latest sanctions, which were announced Thursday, target 12 people and 11 companies. They add to a long list of regime figures previously sanctioned by the EU, including Assad, his top associates, and high-ranking security officials.

Bassem Tellawi, Associated Press

BEIRUT — The Arab League has given Syria until Sunday to respond to its proposal to send observers to the country as part of a plan to end the political violence there.

Qatar's prime minister warned at an Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Doha Saturday that failure to reach an agreement may lead to U.N. involvement in the Syrian crisis.

The 22-member organization agreed Saturday on the details of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Syrian regime. They include a list of 19 Syrian officials subject to a travel ban.

The punitive action is meant to pressure the Syrian regime to stop its crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising in which more than 4,000 people have been killed.

Syria has failed to meet several Arab League deadlines on the bloc's peace proposal.

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