First Arab monitors arrive in Syria, Homs

2011-12-26 22:06

Cairo - The first group of Arab monitors arrived in Syria on Monday to assess whether Damascus is adhering to a plan to end a nine-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, a member of the Arab delegation in Damascus said.

"They arrived at about 20:00," said the source, who was speaking by telephone from Damascus after meeting the monitors at the airport.

Fifty monitors and 10 officials from the Arab League secretariat flew on a private Egyptian aircraft, a Cairo airport source said. The observer mission will eventually include about 150 people, League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told Reuters last week.

The head of observer mission, Sudanese General Mustafa al-Dabi, arrived in Damascus on Saturday. He went to Syria shortly after an advance team of Arab League officials went to Syria to arrange terms and logistics for the mission.

Arab League observers have moved to the flashpoint Syrian city of Homs but are unable to do their job, the head of the country's main opposition group said on Monday.

Syrian National Council (SNC) head Burhan Ghaliun told reporters at a Paris news conference that some of the observers were in the besieged city "but they are saying they cannot go where the authorities do not want them to go".

He also sought UN and Arab League intervention "to put an end to this tragedy," and urged the United Nations Security Council to "adopt the Arab League's plan and ensure that it is applied".

Heavy gunfire killed 23 people in the besieged city on Monday.

  • John - 2011-12-26 23:19

    Europe is not listening. Long words of socialism are clogging up brain cells, no spark. Has Europe listed Syrian government assets and frozen them? No. Has Europe listed of Syrian officials, families and connections, and expelled them? No. Has Europe listed the belongings of those officials, families and connections, and confiscated them? No. Has Europe called for the removal of Turkey from Cyprus? No. Has Europe called for the removal of Turkey from Constantinople? No. Has Europe made null the benefits of extra wives and extra wives' children? No. Has Europe charged extra wives and extra wives children for their extra social benefits costs? No. Europe is not listening.

  • Brian - 2011-12-27 00:10

    You could not make it up if you tried, its totally hilarious script. "ARAB MONITORS" . Syria is obliged to allow 30 Arab Monitors who represent the so called Arab Leauge, into their soverign state as a last throw of the dice to stave of a all out agression by terrorist , funded, trained and controlled by American Zionist and their allies in NATO , aka, the North Alantic Terrorist organisation. The mointors issue resoloutions aganist a soverign state that their Goverments conspire to overthrow , and tell Syria to establish democracy and hold free and fair elections , that not one of the despotic regimes that they represent has ever held elections themselves. If the situation Syria faces aganist the American Zionist and NATO was not so serious , you would say it was hilariously funny.

      Yar - 2011-12-27 08:01

      @Brian I fail to understand your viewpoint.

  • braamc - 2011-12-27 05:47

    About time the Arabs sort out the unruly Arabs

      Yar - 2011-12-27 07:47

      As usual, it will be up to the West to sort it out. Then everyone will blame them. Just leave it alone and let it fester. We should not have to worry about the poor Syrian population. The Arab world certainly doesn't give a hoot.

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