Arab League observers from roughly 10 nations in the region are due to arrive in Syria on Monday evening, to oversee a peace plan aimed at stopping nine months of violence.
At a debriefing at the organisation’s headquarters in Cairo, the group discussed the task of ensuring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad implements the deal agreed with the Arab League in early November.
One of the 50 observers, who will be split into teams of 10 members each, is Mohamed Salem Elmekawy from the United Arab Emirates. Speaking to reporters after the meeting in Cairo he said: “As the Syrian government has signed the protocol, it is now bound by several points, such as providing security for the observers, allowing them to freely roam the streets, visit prisons, and to meet with the opposition. God willing, we will report on the events to realistically depict the Syrian people’s situation.”
Arab League observers are meant to monitor Assad’s promises to talk with opposition leaders, scale back the security force’s use of heavy weapons and allow in human rights workers.