As Arab leaders on Saturday (June 2nd) called for United Nations action in Syria, at least 27 people were killed in violence across the country, AFP reported.
Foreign ministers from Arab League states met in Doha Saturday to discuss the situation in Syria. Ahead of that meeting, the Arab League committee on Syria requested Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, to set a time frame for his mission.
"We request Mr. Annan to set a time frame for his mission because it is unacceptable that massacres and bloodshed continue while the mission is on-going indefinitely," Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister, told a meeting of the committee attended by Annan.
"We demand the UN Security Council refer the six-point [Annan plan] to Chapter VII [of the UN Charter] so that the international community could assume responsibilities," he said, without elaborating.
Chapter VII of the charter outlines action the Security Council might take, including military force, in response to threats to international peace, breaches of peace and acts of aggression.
Earlier, Nabil al-Arabi, secretary-general of the Arab League, said he had asked the Security Council to take strong action to protect civilians in Syria. However, al-Arabi did not raise the subject of military intervention.
Annan, meanwhile, told the Arab ministers "the spectre of an all-out war with a worrying sectarian dimension grows by the day".
"The situation is complex and it takes everyone involved in the conflict to act responsibly if the violence is to stop. But the first responsibility lies in the Syrian government and President Assad," Annan said.
Also on Saturday, Syrian troops clashed with opposition forces across the country, killing at least 27 people, including 15 soldiers, 11 civilians and one member of the opposition forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.