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Syria blocked monitors, Arab League chief says ahead of EU meeting

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Syria blocked monitors, Arab League chief says ahead of EU meeting


The head of the Arab League will attend a meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.

France says Nabil Elaraby will join EU foreign ministers for talks.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Euronews, Elaraby said that Syrian President Bashar Assad blocked the arrival of monitors.

Nabil Elaraby:

“We wanted to send a group of observers to ensure the protection of civilians, this is what was asked for.

“He (Assad) did not sign the protocol, the observers were never sent. Who blocks this process? Not the Arab League or the Arab foreign ministers.”

Riad Muasses, euronews:

“But by doing this, the Arab League is accused of trying to introduce international involvement?”

Nabil Elaraby:

“I want to be clear on this point, any decision taken on Syria, was taken to prevent foreign intervention.”

EU governments agreed earlier this week to impose extra financial sanctions on Assad’s government over its crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

At tomorrow’s meeting in Brussels, the French foreign minister is expected to stress the need to urgently respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria.

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