Arab states won't allow Syrian "massacre"-Saudi prince
A senior Saudi prince said on Friday that Arab states would not stay on the sidelines and allow the "massacre" of the Syrian people, and he suggested President Bashar al-Assad was unlikely to step down voluntarily.
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria have stalled, with Assad rejecting a peace plan offered in early November by the 22-state Arab League.
That plan calls for government forces to be withdrawn to barracks and Arab observers to be allowed into Syria.
Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal, seen as influential though no longer holding public office, said he believed the Arab League was "not going to sit back and allow the continued massacre of the Syrian people".
Syria has been hit by United States and European Union economic sanctions and suspended from the Arab League for its crackdown on anti-Assad protesters.
"Sanctions have been imposed. I think more measures will be undertaken in the near future," Prince Turki told a conference in Vienna.