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09/10/2011 01:19 pm ET | Updated Nov 10, 2011

Bashar Assad Agrees To Reforms To Stop Violence: Reports

Reuters reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby have agreed to measures that could end months of violence.

DP news reports that Syria said Assad and Elaraby agreed on a number of “practical steps” to speed up the reform process.

The revolt in Syria began six months ago and the death toll has now reached more than 2,200 people, the AP says.

DP news also says Syria's state-run SANA news agency claims Elaraby rejected “foreign interference” into the country's political unrest.

The announcement of the reforms comes just as the AP reports that the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed at least five people in the central city of Homs.

The revolt in Syria began six months ago and the death toll has now reached more than 2,200 people.

Earlier this week, Protesters in Syria have started calling for outside assistance, though, the AP notes, they are not necessarily seeking military action. "They are largely calling for observation missions and human rights monitors who could help deter attacks on civilians," the AP says. Meanwhile, the United States is set to speed up work on a UN Security Council resolution targeting Syria, according to Al Arabiya

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