3 Nov 2011

Syria agrees to Arab plan

10:03 am on 3 November 2011

Syria has agreed to pull its soldiers out of cities, release prisoners and hold talks with the opposition as part of an Arab League plan to end bloodshed triggered by an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

The announcement was made by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani in Cairo on Wednesday.

President al-Assad has deployed his army and security forces to crush protests inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world.

He says they are battling Islamist militants and armed gangs.

The United Nations says 3000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Despite the League announcement, the United States has reiterated its call for the president to quit.