Report: Syria, Arab League reach agreement on unrest

Arab foreign ministers attend an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on October 16 to discuss Syria.

Story highlights

  • An official announcement will take place Wednesday, Arab League official says
  • A Syrian delegation met with the Arab League on Sunday
  • The U.N. estimates more than 3,000 have died in unrest since March

Syria and the Arab League have reached an agreement on a plan aimed at finding a solution to the months-long unrest in the country, state media reported Tuesday.

"The Syrian government have not submitted an official response to the Arab League regarding the paper submitted," Ahmed Bin Heli, deputy secretary general of the Arab League, told CNN. "An official response will be announced in tomorrow's meeting in the Arab League headquarter."

That meeting is to take place at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo, according to Syrian state television and the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The Arab League has called on Syria's government to end all violence against citizens, remove tanks and military vehicles from the streets of the country and release political prisoners, an official with the Arab organization said Monday.

The Arab countries made the proposal to Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, on Sunday in a meeting in Doha, Qatar. The Arab League also proposed a dialogue between Syrian officials and opposition members in Cairo starting Wednesday.

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The proposals included a time frame for compliance, the Arab League official said.

The Syrian delegation left Qatar without responding to the Arab League letter, according to the Qatari national news agency.

    Eleven people died in unrest on Tuesday, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, which organizes and documents protests. Four of the dead were in Homs, three in the suburbs of Damascus, three in Idlib and one in Deir Ezzor, it said.

    More than 3,000 people have died in Syria since unrest broke out in mid-March, according to the United Nations. CNN cannot independently confirm individual accounts of violence because Syria's government restricts the activity of journalists.

    In early October, China and Russia teamed up to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Syrian response to the protests and called for an immediate end to the government clampdown on the opposition.

    Meanwhile, Syrians aiming to write a new constitution for the strife-torn country met Monday for the first time, according to state news reports.

    President Bashar al-Assad last month announced the formation of a committee to draft a new constitution within four months, SANA reported at the time. The October 15 announcement was one of several moves the government has made to defuse protests, but they have not calmed the situation within the country.