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Attack on Arab observers in Syria raises concerns: Tunisia

Tunisia's government condemn the attack on the Arab league observes mission in Syria saying that such attack raising doubts about the sustainability of the purpose mission

AFP , Wednesday 11 Jan 2012

Attacks on Arab observers in Syria are raising doubts about the sustainability of the Arab League mission there, Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem said on Tuesday.

"The Arab League observers could not perform their duties as desired. They met many obstacles," Abdessalem said in translated remarks at a press conference in Ankara.

"The attack in Latakia raised doubts about the sustainibility of the mission," he added.

Abdessalem was referring to an incident in which two Kuwaiti members of the Arab League team were injured in an attack on Monday by what the Gulf state said were unidentified protesters.

"We will go on supporting this mission of the Arab League," the Tunisian minister said, but added: "It is unacceptable that the bloodshed continues while the mission is still there."

The Arab League monitors have been in Syria since December 26 to oversee a deal to protect civilians in the country, where the regime has waged a bloody crackdown on opposition protesters since mid-March.

The death toll in Syria, which the United Nations says exceeds 5,000, has kept on climbing despite the presence of the observers.

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