The Arab League repeated its demand Sunday for the Syrian government to immediately stop all violence and allow more monitors in, as activists reported at least 10 more civilians killed by regime forces including two teenagers.
The Arab League also called on other armed parties to halt all bloodshed, an apparent reference to the defectors.
The ministerial committee called on “the Syrian government and various armed groups to immediately halt all forms of violence and to return to protesting peacefully for the success of the Arab League observers’ mission in Syria.”
The ministers agreed to increase the number of observers, which currently stands at 165, and said they may seek “technical assistance from the United Nations.”
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani said the ministers did not agree to call for UN experts to join the observers’ mission in Syria.
Five foreign ministers from the 22-member Arab League, also said the monitors need greater independence from the regime. Around 450 people have been killed by President Bashar Assad’s regime since observers began work in Syria nearly two weeks ago.
The opposition charges that the regime is misleading the observers and that the mission had done nothing to resolve the crisis.
The Qatari foreign minister said the League is aware that the mission has not fulfilled its goal of stopping the bloodshed. The success of the mission, said Al-Thani, “depends on the government of Syria, and that means stopping the killings, withdrawing troops from the cities, and allowing journalists to work and enter Syria.”
The government says that the turmoil in Syria is not an uprising but the work of terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk