By Mirembe Martina
Arab states under an Arab League meeting in Cairo called upon the international community to take action on Syria after the chemical gas attack in the country that killed hundreds of civilians.
The Arab states took the decision on Sunday, yesterday urging the United Nations and international community to “take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits of this crime that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for”.
The League foreign ministers also said those responsible for the attack should face trial, as other “war criminals” have. According to U.S officials, 1,429 people were killed in the poison gas attack in Syria which brought a lot of condemnation on the country but according to Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, it was not enough.
“Any opposition to any international action would only encourage Damascus to move forward with committing its crimes and using all weapons of mass destruction,” said Faisal. “The time has come to call on the world community to bear its responsibility and take the deterrent measure that puts a halt to the tragedy.”
The United States wanted to strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces over the August 21 poison gas attack, but is seeking Congressional approval first which would delay the strike by at least 10 days, if it is agreed upon. The Arab League resolution promised to “present all forms of support” to help the Syrian people to defend themselves.
Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria refused to support the decision of the league which suspended Syria.