TV: Qatar `has information Syria will sign peace deal`

A Syrian Arab News Agency picture showing smoke rising above an oil refinery west of the city of Homs.
DUBAI (Reuters) — Qatar has information that Syrian President Bashar Assad will sign an Arab peace plan aimed at ending his crackdown on anti-government protests, al-Arabiya television reported on Sunday.

Arabiya said Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani had said he had information Assad would sign the plan, but gave no further details. Sheikh Hamad heads an Arab ministerial committee on Syria.

Assad has repeatedly stalled over the plan, which calls for an end to bloodshed, the release of prisoners, the withdrawal of troops from cities, a start to talks with the opposition and Arab monitors on the ground.

(www.maannews.net / 18.12.2011)

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