Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby has called on Syrian opposition groups to unite against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
El-Araby made the remarks at the start of a two-day-long conference, hosted by the Arab League, that brought together some 250 members of the Syrian opposition in Cairo, The Associated Press reported.
"There is an opportunity before the conference of Syrian opposition today that must be seized, and I say and repeat that this opportunity must not be wasted under any circumstance," he said.
This is the first such gathering to be hosted by the Arab League.
The West and its regional allies accuse the government of killing protesters, but Damascus blames "outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups" for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
Press TV talks with Lawrence Davidson, professor of West Chester University, regarding the issue.