Arab League ministers to discuss Syria mission

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Arab League foreign ministers are meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss whether to ask the United Nations to step in over the Syrian government’s repression of pro-democracy activists.

If the UN does get involved, human rights experts could join monitors to assess if Syrian officials are honouring a pledge to stop a 10 month-old crackdown.

Pro-democracy campaigners have described the current observer mission as “toothless”.

Despite claims to the contrary, analysts say there’s been no slackening of violence since the monitors began their work nearly two weeks ago.

10 new observers arrived on Saturday, bringing the total number of Arab League observers to 153.

Meanwhile, funerals took place on Saturday for the 26 people killed by a contested suicide bombing in Damascus.

Authorities blamed what they described as pro-democracy “terrorists” for Friday’s attack.

But the opposition Syrian National Council said the government staged the bombing.