Arab States Weekly Review 30th Jun – 6th Jul 2012

A group of nine countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, agreed that a “transitional governing body” should be formed in Syria by “mutual consent”. No specific referecence was made to President Bashar Assad to step down as part of any agreement.

According to Human Rights Watch, Syria’s government was practising a widespread policy of state-sanctioned torture, amounting to a crime against humanity.

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