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Syria to let in Arab League monitors

12-20-2011 08:11 BJT

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Syria's foreign minister says Syria has signed an Arab League initiative to allow Arab observers into the country, part of a peace deal that aims to end the nation's 9-month-old crisis.

The agreement was signed between Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad, and the Arab League’s under-secretary general Ahmed bin Helli, at the Arab League’s Cairo headquarters after the 22-member bloc accepted amendments demanded by Syria.

Arab League Secretary General, Nabil al-Arabi, left, Qatari Prime Minister and head
of state Hamad ben Jassem, center, and Ahmed bin Heli, the Arab League's assistant
secretary-general for political affairs during the Meeting of the Committee of
Ministers of the Arab League to discuss the situation in Syria held in Doha,
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

At a news conference afterwards, the Secretary General of Arab League, Nabil Elaraby says the agreement will allow Arab observers into Syria "to move freely anywhere in Syria to ensure the implementation of the Arab initiative which the Syrian government has previously agreed."

Nabil Elaraby said: "A committee will travel to Syria in two or three days. The assistant secretary general, Samir Seif Alyazal, will head this committee and will be accompanied by legal, human rights, administrative and financial affairs experts, to research all issues concerning the missions that will travel to Syria. We have a list of names of people from non-governmental organizations as well as government representatives and each mission will be made up of around 10 or more people, who will travel to different locations."

Syria has stalled for weeks over signing the protocol on monitors, although it had agreed to other parts of the plan. Elaraby says the agreement will be revisited a month from now.

Many regime opponents have in the past accused President Bashar al-Assad of waffling on the deal as a way to gain time as the government continues the crackdown on protests. They have expressed skepticism that the regime will co-operate even after signing the initiative.

Al-Moallem says Syria will deal with the mission with "all seriousness, professionalism and objectivity," adding he will be co-coordinating "on daily basis" with the Arab League chief.

Al-Moallem said: "We would have not signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted, no matter what the circumstances have been. But after applying those amendments, and as we are seeking a political solution to this crisis, and as we want this solution as soon as possible, along with the partnership of the Arab League, I can say now that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the Arab League."

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says the observers will have a one-month mandate that can be extended by another month if both sides agree. He pledges the observers will be "free" in their movements, but they will not be allowed to visit sensitive military sites.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks at a press conference in Damascus,
Syria, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Arab League Secretary General, Nabil al-Arabi speaks during
the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Arab League
to discuss the situation in Syria taking place in Doha,
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addresses a press conference in Damascus on
Monday.  

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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