Arab League Rejects Syria Changes to Observer Mission, to Meet Thursday

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Arab foreign ministers are to hold crisis talks over Syria in Cairo on Thursday, the Arab League said after it rejected changes proposed by Damascus to its proposal to send an observer mission there.

"The Arab League council will hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, at the level of foreign ministers, and will be presided by Qatar," Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed bin Hilli told reporters.

He said that the ministerial committee on Syria -- comprising Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Sudan, Algeria and Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi -- would meet at the Arab League headquarters on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday's meeting.

The foreign ministers are to discuss the next steps after the Arab bloc rejected amendments suggested by Damascus to a document outlining plans for a 500-strong delegation to monitor the violence in Syria, an Arab League source said.

"It was agreed that the amendments and appendices proposed by the Syrian side affect the core of the document and would radically change the nature of the mission which is to oversee the implementation of the Arab plan to end the crisis in Syria and protect Syrian civilians," the League said in a statement.

The pan-Arab group, which did not release details of the amendments proposed by Damascus, said it had notified Syria of its decision.

The statement said the Arab League had tasked Arabi to hold further talks with the Damascus government in a bid to have it sign the document on the observers within three days.

"The League is committed to solving the Syrian crisis within an Arab frame, in order to put an end to the violence and the killing and to respond to the ambitions of the Syrian people for change and political and economic reform," it said.

Under a November 2 deal with the League, Syria was given 15 days to pull back its troops from cities that were the focus of anti-government protests, release detainees, allow free movement for observers and media, and negotiate with the opposition.

The League under the deal was to send 500 members of human rights groups, media representatives and military observers to Syria to monitor the situation on the ground and help implement the peace plan.

A fresh deadline to end the bloodshed or face sanctions expired on Saturday, with no compliance from President Bashar al-Assad's security forces. Rights groups reported 20 people killed in Syrian violence on Saturday and Sunday.

With the peace deal in tatters, the Arab League has already suspended Syria from the 22-member bloc.

An Arab League source told Agence France Presse that the sanctions would not come into effect automatically and that the body would hold further talks to discuss the implementation of sanctions.

Comments 6
Default-user-icon Le PheneChien (Guest) 20 November 2011, 15:30

He is buying time, tomorrow the liar will change his mind and allow them, This regime understands one thing only, assassinate, beat and kill. (i.e. Tripoli, Zahle, Knat, Baabda) and Harriri, Gemayel, Kassir, Tueni, Hawi, Eid and more. The Mossad were only in Beirut prior to 1982 so chant to that song to Moussa el Sadr.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 20 November 2011, 17:39

The Arab league needs to stand tall and act with resolve or they will never be effective. Now is their time to show what they are made of.

Thumb Marc 20 November 2011, 21:08

Syrian Regime knows that the Arab League can not implant anything to stop the regime from their craving on protesters. The only thing they can do is increase the economic sanctions and trades..... Step 2 will be to go and ask for help from the UN ... Long process but at the end will succeed . . . Bashar can always resign and call for general election immediately to slow things down ..... He still have a little chance in retiring in peace

Missing realist 20 November 2011, 23:48

Bashar says he wants to die fighting foriegners... talks about earthquakes.. this is all good news..because this language clearly indicates that bashar's ship is sinking and he knows it.

Default-user-icon C (Guest) 21 November 2011, 06:10

I'd like to see the Arab League send in "delegations" of this sort to Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt.

Default-user-icon hanna (Guest) 21 November 2011, 09:40

I agree with realist, this is a talk of a sinking ship.
The end is approaching