Arab League Renews Its Demand That Syria End Violence

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Arab League called again on the Syrian government and armed groups to end violence against civilian demonstrators, withdraw troops from urban areas and release political prisoners.

“The Syrian government is urged to immediately and fully abide by its vows to execute the approved protocol in a way that would guarantee security to Syrian civilians and does not obstruct peaceful protests, in order for the delegation’s mission to succeed,” the Cairo-based organization said today in a statement handed to reporters in the Egyptian capital.

The League’s observers will continue their mission in Syria as long as the government abides by the agreement, the statement said. Arab League leader Nabil el-Arabi said today he expects to receive a full report from monitors on Jan. 19.

“On the lights of the report to be presented on Jan. 19, a decision will be made, after the committee meets, followed by a ministerial meeting,” Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber al Thani said in a press conference in Cairo. There is “no agreement to send foreigners as part of the Arab League monitors,” he said.

Syrian anti-government fighters killed 11 members of President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces in predawn clashes in Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement today. The fighting in the southern governorate of Daraa, where the 10-month uprising against Assad began, also injured 20, the group said today.

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