01/31/2012 03:44 pm ET Updated Apr 01, 2012

Syria Crisis: Security Council Debates Syria Resolution

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The head of the Arab League and the prime minister of Qatar urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to take swift action to stem the escalating violence in Syria and to endorse an Arab plan for Syria's president to give up power.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby urged the council to take "rapid and decisive action" while Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani warned the 15-nation body that Syria's "killing machine is still at work."

Elaraby added that Arab nations are attempting to avoid foreign military intervention in the 10-month old Syrian crisis. (Reporting By Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler)