Syria may sign monitors protocol with Arab League

Published December 5th, 2011 - 07:45 GMT

The Syrian Foreign Ministry is expected to announce today Damascus' stance following contacts between the Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Muallem and League of Arab States Secretary General, Nabil Arabi regarding the signature of the protocol of cooperation between Damascus and the Arab League.  The Syrian regime yesterday replied to the Arab League it was ready to sign the protocol of monitors, in exchange for immediate cancellation of the AL's decisions including the suspension of Syria's membership in the AL and the end of economic sanctions.

Sources said the Arab League expects Syria to sign today on the protocol in Cairo, after the Arab organization responded positively to a number of Syrian demands, including prior coordination about the task of the observers.

The Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci was quoted as saying "there is a collective action at the level of the Arab League in order to give Syria a chance to restore its credibility through its active and positive participation in resolving the crisis."

A spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry Jihad Makdisi, told reporters in Damascus, "There is an exchange of letters between Syria and the Arab League to reach a certain vision of the protocol which can facilitate the work of observers in Syria, and maintain at the same time the interests of Syria and its sovereignty. " "We are considering these contacts and messages," he added. Asked if a decision was already taken, Makdisi replied: "If there are good intentions, the road will be paved to sign the agreement."



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