Syria: Diplomatic timeline

2012-02-24 12:19
Tunis - The main diplomatic moves made to date to end the conflict in Syria, which is believed to have left about 7 600 people dead in just under a year:

- August 27: The Arab League, of which Syria is a member, holds an extraordinary summit on ending the violence.

Meanwhile attempts by Western powers to obtain a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Syria have been stymied by Russia and China, which hold the right of veto on the Council.

- November 2: The Arab League says it has the agreement of President Bashar Assad on a plan that would involve an end to the violence and a pullback of belligerent forces, leading to a "conference of national dialogue".

Ten days later, however, the League votes to suspend Syria from its proceedings due to the continuing repression. It later also calls on its members to enact sanctions against the regime.

- December 19: After tough negotiations, Syria agrees to receive a delegation of Arab League monitors.

- January 14: The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, says he is in favour of sending Arab troops to Syria to "stop the killing". However the proposal is not followed by other Arab states.

- January 22: The Arab League agrees to a new plan under which Assad would hand over power to his deputy pending elections and an agreement on a new constitution.

- February 15: French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe floats a plan for the creation of "humanitarian corridors" in Syria, to help evacuate civilians and the wounded.

- February 16: The UN General Assembly adopts by a large majority a resolution denouncing the repression in Syria, but China and Russia continue to oppose any action in the Security Council.

- February 21: The International Committee of the Red Cross calls for a humanitarian truce of two hours a day in the fighting.

- February 24: A group of mainly Western and Arab countries holds an international conference in the Tunisian capital. China and Russia have refused to attend.

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