Syria foreign minister Walid al-Muallem
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Syria criticises Arab League report

Syria's foreign minister has criticised a report by the Arab League, saying it attacks Syria's sovereignty.

Walid al-Muallem said the Arab League deliberately came up with a draft resolution that they knew Syria could not accept.

Gulf Arab states have announced that they are withdrawing from the Arab League's observer mission in Syria.

The Gulf Co-operation Council also called on the UN Security Council to put new pressure on Damascus to end a violent crackdown against protests.

Jim Muir reports.

  • 24 Jan 2012