|Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria, speaks during a press conference after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, unseen, at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, June 1, 2012. Annan said he is "impatient and frustrated," special envoy Kofi Annan called on the Syrian president Friday to implement a U.N.-brokered peace plan following a horrific weekend massacre that killed more than 100 people. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)|
Syria opposition leader urges Arab military action
DOHA, Qatar—The head of Syria's largest exile opposition group says he would welcome Arab military action aimed at ending attacks by Bashar Assad's regime against Syrian rebel forces and civilians.
Burhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian National Council, made the comments on Saturday before a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers. The envoys are to discuss the bloodshed in Syria, including last week's massacre of more than 100 people in Houla.
Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar have pledged funds to aid Syria's rebels, but there is no direct evidence that anti-Assad forces are becoming better armed. The Arab League, however, does not appear ready to deploy its own troops.
Kofi Annan, the international envoy for Syria, is also in Doha.