The "Friends of Syria" conference kicked off Friday (February 24th) in Tunis to examine ways of delivering humanitarian aid and reviving the Arab League's plan for peaceful transition in the country, AFP reported.
Representatives of more than 60 countries, including Arab foreign ministers, EU countries, the United States, Turkey and representatives of the Syrian opposition are attending the session. Russia and China, however, are not attending.
Tunisia's Foreign Minister Rafik Abdel-Salam said in a statement to Tunisia's al-Sabah daily that the content of the Tunis conference's closing statement "will not be different from the decisions taken by the Arab League".
An international panel investigating rights violations in Syria for the UN said on Thursday it had compiled a list of regime officials suspected of crimes against humanity.
At the opening of the meeting, host President Moncef Marzouki and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani called for an Arab peacekeeping force for Syria.
Participants are expected to demand the Syrian government enact an immediate ceasefire and allow international humanitarian organisations access to affected populations.