Arab League allowed to send observers
The Syrian government has agreed to allow Arab League observers to enter the country and visit hotspots to see if a deal to remove military presence from the streets is being implemented. Around 500 observers are expected to enter Syria and they will be deployed in teams of ten. They are expected to remain for a month and will attempt to start negotiations between the government and the opposition.
In a short statement published by SANA the official Syrian news agency the government said that “Syria and the Arab League (AL) on Monday signed the observer mission protocol at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.
The protocol was signed by Syrian Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad and AL Deputy Secretary General Ahmad bin Hilly, in the presence of AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and Syrian Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous.
In a press conference after the signing, al-Arabi said that the protocol pertains to the legal framework of the observer mission which will be sent to Syria to verify the implementation of the Arab work plan.”
Most commentators and members of the opposition are very cynical about the signing and believe that the Syrian government is only playing for time. Meanwhile there were further clashes and more deaths yesterday across the country.