While the mandate of the Arab League observers expires on Thursday, the Prime Minister of Qatar raised the possibility of deploying Arab troops to Syria, without even waiting for the end-of-mission report and the meeting of the Council of foreign ministers on Sunday in Cairo. The emirate is taking advantage of its rotating Arab League presidency, which it holds until the end of March, to try to precipitate events.
President Barack Obama indirectly endorsed this move during a White House press briefing in which he denounced the unacceptable level of violence in Syria. For his part, Free Syrian Army commander Colonel Riad el-Assad, from Turkey, urged for an international military intervention.
The Syrian government categorically rejected this option. Several members of the League denounced a strategy that would open the door to an intervention by the great powers and break up the organization. For its part Russia has already forestalled the UN Security Council by introducing on Monday a new draft resolution and refusing the amendments introduced by the West.