Arab League Mission: Syria Violence Decreased

Head of the Arab League's monitoring mission in Syria says violence decreased in the country after the arrival of Arab observers.

By Press TV

January 23, 2012 "Press TV' -- Addressing an Arab League news conference in Cairo, Sudanese General Mustafa al-Dabi on Monday criticized foreign media for exaggerating the violence in Syria, stressing that the situation has improved in the country since the monitoring mission began in December.

"After the arrival of the mission, the intensity of violence began to decrease," Dabi said.

He also said that the observers did not face any problems during their mission and that the Syrian government fully cooperated with the mission.

The Sudanese General also criticized Syrian opposition activists and a number of Western countries for being critical of the mission and accusing it of failing to stop violence in the country.

"Our duty is to make sure that the government is committed to implement the Arab League's protocol... and not stopping the killings and destruction," he said.

There are currently a team of 165 Arab observers in Syria monitoring implementation of an AL plan to end months of violence in the country. They arrived in Syria on December 26 for a month-long mission Last week the Arab League extended the mission for another month.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March. Many people have lost their lives in the country over the past ten months. Damascus says over 2,000 security forces have been killed in the unrest.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.



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