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AL to seek UN help on Syria + Related News

Sunday, January 8, 2012

AL holds ministerial meeting on Syrian crisis

The Arab League has started discussing plans to appeal to the United Nations for help on Syria.

The development comes after the two-week presence of Arab observers in that Middle East country failed to end violence there and persuade the conflicting sides to enter into a dialogue.

The Arab League is to hear observer reports about mounting casualties in unending clashes between government forces and demonstrators in the Syrian cities of Daraa and Homs.

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LAS foreign ministers to meet again to discuss Syria

 
The foreign ministers of the League of Arab States (LAS) will meet in Cairo today to discuss the preliminary conclusions of the League’s observer mission in Syria.

The mission has been in Syria for 10 days and visited several cities, including Homs and Deraa.

On-sight monitoring of the situation is part of a LAS plan aimed at stopping bloodshed and creating conditions for dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

But the observers’ presence has failed to bring clashes to a halt. Casualties among civilians and security servicemen are reported almost daily.

The authorities say they are confronted by well-armed militants.

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LAS to look into preliminary conclusions of observers in Syria

 

The Syrian opposition claims that at least 27 people have been killed in clashes in various cities across the country.

The clashes followed the funeral of the victims of Friday’s suicide bombing in Damascus, which claimed 25 lives.

The opposition suspects special services to be behind the blast that it says was aimed at showing observers from the League of Arab States that Damascus had been fighting armed militants, not the political opposition.

Representatives of the League of Arab States are due to meet in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the preliminary conclusions of the observer mission in Syria.

UN sources claim that the death toll from months of protest violence in that country has exceeded 5,000.

(IF, Ekho Moskvy),VOR.
 

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AL holds ministerial meeting on Syrian crisis

CAIRO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — Arab League (AL) on Sunday held a ministerial meeting to discuss the Arab observer mission in Syria which has been gripped by bloodshed and violent clashes for ten months.

The Ministers was supposed to discuss the proposal submitted by the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani of referring the Syrian case to the United Nations (UN) when the AL mission fails to put an end to Syrian bloodshed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stated that the UN stands ready to provide any technical assistance to AL’s monitors in Syria through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Head of the AL observer mission in Syria Sudanese Moustafa Mohammed Ahmed al-Dabi came back from Syria on Jan. 7 and would submit an initial report on Syrian crisis.

Outside the meeting hall, scores of Syrian people living in Egypt staged a protest calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

The protesters raised Syrian flag and slogans saying “Stop violence,” calling the Syrian government to stop bloodshed.

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, while the United Nations said more than 5,000 people have died in the violence.

(Xinhua) .
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Syria expects “professionalism” of Arab observers: official
2012-01-07 20:45:09

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DAMASCUS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) — A Syrian foreign ministry spokesman has expressed hopes that the Arab League (AL) observers to Syria, who are expected to submit their first report on Sunday, would stick to professionalism and evenhandedness.

“We hope they honestly convey what they have seen in Syria,” the spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The AL observers started on Dec. 27 a month-long mission in Syria to verify the Syrian government’s implementation of an AL peace plan to end the country’s 10 months of unrest.

The peace plan included removing the Syrian security forces and heavy weapons from urban streets, starting talks between the government and opposition leaders, and allowing human rights workers and journalists into the country.

Makdissi stressed that Damascus was facilitating the observers’ trips to all places in the unrest-hit country in accordance with the protocol it singed with the AL on Dec. 19, saying that the protocol was part of the efforts to find a permanent solution to the Syrian crisis.

“There is a complete coordination between the Syrian authorities and the Arab mission,” Makdissi said, pointing out that his country will get a copy of every report to be submitted by the observers.

A ministerial committee of the pan-Arab body is scheduled to hold a meeting in Cairo Sunday to assess the observers’ first report.

If the report proved to be professional and objective, there would be no insurmountable problems, the spokesman said.

Makdissi said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman ‘s visit to Cairo earlier this week “is not for the good of Syria, ” but “came to further ramp up pressures against Syria.”

Feltman’s visit came under the cover of holding consultations, “but in fact it aims to pressure Syria,” he said.

The Syrian leadership has responded to the demands of the Syrian people by implementing some reforms, including preparing a draft constitution that would be conducive for creating a new political landscape and alleviating tensions in the country, Makdissi said.
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