Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Syria agrees to Arab League proposal to end 7 months of bloodshed

The Syrian government has approved an Arab plan for dialogue with the opposition and steps to end seven months of bloodshed, the Arab League said in a statement Wednesday, Reuters reports.


Demonstrators protesting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad march through the streets Oct. 30. (HANDOUT - REUTERS)
Those steps include withdrawing military presence, such as tanks and armored vehicles, from cities and other residential areas and holding free elections.

The Arab League “welcomes the Syrian government's agreement to the Arab plan,” the statement read, and said it has “emphasized the need for the immediate, full and exact implementation of the articles in the plan.”

To ensure the plan is carried out, a committee will submit periodic reports to the ministerial council of the Arab League on its progress.

The announcement followed close on violence that has left at least 20 people dead in the country the past 24 hours, according to the Associated Press.

“The fresh bloodshed suggests Syria is sliding toward chaos,” the AP wrote.

The announcement was also greeted with some skepticism, with one Reuters reporter pointing out that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made similar promises to the United Nations months ago.

The U.N. estimates that some 3,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March.

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