Syria agrees to League monitors

Updated: 2011-11-25 08:09

(China Daily)

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CAIRO - General Secretary of the Cairo-based Arab League Nabil el-Arabi received an "OK" message from the Syrian side on the protocol of an Arab mission to Syria, Egyptian news agency MENA reported.

"Arab League General Secretary Nabil el-Arabi received a reply, which agrees over the protocol of an Arab observer mission set to travel to Damascus observing the situation and protecting civilians," it cited an Arabic official as saying.

The message said the protocol will be signed by Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad on behalf of the Foreign Minister Walid el-Moallem.

The council of the league adopted on Nov 16 in Morocco's capital Rabat a draft protocol on the Arab observer mission in Syria. Syria had demanded that some items of the protocol be modified.

The league's foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Thursday to discuss imposing sanctions on Syria.The league, which for decades has spurned ordering action against a member state, has suspended Syria and threatened unspecified sanctions for ignoring the deal it had signed. But Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansur told local radio before heading to Cairo, "Lebanon will not endorse any sanctions by the Arab League against Syria."

On Wednesday France called for a "secured zone to protect civilians" in Syria, the first time a major Western power has suggested international intervention on the ground.

Reuters-Xinhua-AFP

(China Daily 11/25/2011 page12)