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Head of AL observers to go back on Saturday to brief Arab ministers

01-05-2012 22:32 BJT

CAIRO, Jan 5 (Xinhua) -- Head of the Arab League (AL) observer mission in Syria Moustafa Mohammed Ahmed al-Dabi will arrive in Egypt's capital Cairo Saturday to take part in a meeting by the Arab ministerial committee on Syrian crisis.

The meeting, planned to be held on Sunday, is aiming to brief Arab ministers on the outcome of the mission so far.

Meanwhile, head of the AL observer mission's operation room in Cairo Adnan al-Khodair Thursday said that another 50 Arab observers will fly to Syria on Friday, bringing the total number of observers in Syria to 140, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.

The new observers are from Algeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the Arab Organization for Human Rights, he added.

The advance team of AL observers to Syria returned to Cairo last Sunday after a ten-day visit to Damascus. The 11-member team, led by Samir Saif al-Yazal, assistant to AL chief Nabil al-Arabi, was assigned to prepare for the observers' delegations and to take part in some monitoring of the situation in Syria.

Syria signed the AL observer protocol on Dec. 19, 2011 in Cairo after the AL threatened to take the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

The AL observers are monitoring the situation in Syria as part of the AL peace initiative to end the months-long turmoil in Syria. The Syrian government said some 2,000 army and security personnel were killed since the unrest began in March, 2011, while the UN said more than 5,000 people have died in the violence.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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