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Arab League says no delay in sending more observers to Syria

01-12-2012 21:24 BJT

CAIRO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- An Arab League (AL) official denied on Thursday there would be a delay in sending more observers to Syria.

Adnan al-Khodair, head of the AL's monitoring operations room in Cairo, told Xinhua when the AL would dispatch a new batch of observers depended on the security situation and the request of observers already in Syria.

"If the observers in Syria need more support, we will immediately send another batch," he said.

Khodair said the AL had received applications from many Arab countries and organizations to send observers. The AL will make arrangements for the mission according to the situation in Syria.

Currently, there are around 160 AL observers in Syria. An Arab diplomatic source said the AL would not send more observers to Syria for now until the situation becomes stable, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported Wednesday.

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 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.

On Tuesday, the AL condemned attacks on monitoring teams in Syrian cities of Latakis, Deir al-Zour and some other areas by pro- government people or the opposition.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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