Sudanese Gen. Mustafa al-Dabi, the Minister of Intelligence, is the Arab League envoy to Syria. The Arab League took a delegation to Syria during December 2011., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
47 Iraqi, Gulf observers to join AL mission to Syria
English.news.cn 2012-01-01 04:05:29
CAIRO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Another 47 observers will join the Arab League (AL) delegation to Syria, an AL official in charge of the observer mission said Saturday.
Adnan Issa al-Khoudhir, head of the AL operation room for the observer mission, said at a press conference that "22 observers from Iraq and 25 others from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be dispatched to Syria."
The AL has sent dozens of observers to Syria to monitor the situation there. The Cairo-based AL operation room, established on Dec. 22, is in constant contact with the observers and has received their reports on the Syrian crisis.
Adnan said the "most complaints were about the detainees and prisoners, and we sent all the information regarding their names and addresses to the delegation in Damascus to check them on the ground."
Asked about the possibility for foreign media to cover the Syrian crisis on the ground, Adnan said that the Syrian authorities would allow the media in after they obtain necessary licenses.
The official also expressed hope that the media should be accurate in reporting news about the AL observer mission, otherwise it will have a negative impact on the whole work.
Syria signed the AL observer protocol on Dec. 19 in Cairo after the AL threatened to refer the Syrian crisis to the United Nations Security Council.
The Syrian government said a total of 2,000 army and security personnel were killed during the months-long unrest. The United Nations put the total death toll in the country at more than 5,000.