Arab League's Syria mission a failure: opposition

AFP , Monday 23 Jan 2012

Opposition rejects the Arab League on its decision to extend the Arab monitors’ mission to Syria and warns that the Al-Assad regime drags the country towards chaos

Nabil El-Arabi
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby attends a meeting with the Arab League's committee on Syria, in Cairo January 22, 2012.(Photo: Reuters)

A new plan by the Arab League to end violence in Syria was "unattainable" and would allow President Bashar al-Assad's regime more time to pursue its bloody crackdown, an opposition group said on Monday.

"The Syrian people have lost confidence in the Arab League's ability to stop the regime’s ongoing bloodshed," the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), which organises anti-regime protests, said in a statement received in Nicosia.

"It is clear that the regime has been pulling the country towards chaos and destruction while the Arab League remains stagnant," the statement said.

The League on Sunday asked the UN to support a new plan for resolving the crisis in Syria that sees Assad transferring power to his deputy and a government of national unity within two months.

It also agreed to extend by a month an observer mission aimed at overseeing a peace plan agreed by the Syrian government in November, despite Saudi Arabia pulling out its observers because it said the regime was not honouring the accord.

"The LCC finds the Arab League's ... proposal unattainable and lacking proper implementation mechanism," the statement said. "Thus far, it has not nor will it put an end to the regime’s brutality."

The group said 795 people were killed in the first month of the mission, "making it a failure in accomplishing all of its initiatives."

It added that the extension of the observer mission marked "another deadline for the regime’s killing machine and a form of support in suppressing the revolution while Syrian society is being obliterated."

"To pressure the Syrian regime into complying with the Syrian people’s demands, we call on the Arab League ... to declare the failure of its mission in Syria and to seek assistance from the United Nations," the LCC said.

More than 5,400 people have been killed since anti-government protests broke out last March, according to UN figures.

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