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The Syrian flag and a sign in Arabic that reads "the Syrian Arabic Republic" mark the empty chair of the Syrian representative during the Arab League Syria Group and foreign ministers meeting Sunday in Cairo. The group is seeking to halt the bloodshed in the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

The Syrian flag and a sign in Arabic that reads "the Syrian Arabic Republic" mark the empty chair of the Syrian representative during the Arab League Syria Group and foreign ministers meeting Sunday in Cairo. The group is seeking to halt the bloodshed in the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

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