Now is time for change in Syria
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi yesterday told a meeting of Arab League ministers it was time for the Syrian regime to step down and added that a resolution of the crisis was an Arab responsibility.
"I tell the Syrian regime 'there is still a chance to end the bloodshed'. Now is the time for change... no time to be wasted talking about reform," Morsi told the Cairo meeting.
"Don't take the right step at the wrong time... because that would be the wrong step," he said.
He urged President Bashar al-Assad to "take lessons from recent history" and step aside, in reference to Arab Spring revolts that overthrew the longtime dictators of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Morsi, who in June was elected Egypt's first Islamist leader following an uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, urged the Arab diplomats to move quickly to resolve the Syrian conflict, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has left 26,000 people dead since it erupted more than 17 months ago.
"The Syrian people have made their voice clear," Morsi said, and, in a message to the Assad regime, insisted: "You will not be around for long."
He told the ministers a resolution of the crisis is the responsibility of Arabs.
"I call on you, Arab foreign ministers, to work hard to find an urgent solution to the tragedy in Syria," Morsi said.