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Arab League calls on Syria to halt violence

Arab League calls on Syria to halt violence
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The Arab League has urged Syria to halt its violence against protesters, saying Damascus has only partly implemented pledges agreed in a peace plan.

Ministers meeting in Cairo vowed to pursue and reinforce the League’s much-criticised observer mission but UN experts won’t be asked to join in.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby stressed its monitors were part of the deal made with Syria.

“Our main demand is a political solution for the Syrian crisis,” he told a news conference. “This solution will never come about without the opposition and the Syrian government sitting down to discuss the future of Syria.”

But as Arab observers continued their visits on Sunday, opposition activists slammed the League for failing to take a tougher line against President Assad.

They have criticised monitors for failing to stop the crackdown on anti-government protesters, claiming their mission has been ‘manipulated’ by the regime.

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