Trump officials rush to Turkey as Moscow advances to fill Syria void from US retreat    No final Brexit deal on Wednesday: BBC political editor    British Council announces its first 'Science Stars' competition in Egypt    Egypt in talks with World Bank over solid waste management loan    Kenya opens $1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and Nairobi    Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Centre launches second round    AUC students win prestigious award at SensUs 2019    UEFA punishes Lazio for fans' racism at Europa League game    Bulgaria detains 4 soccer fans following racist acts in England match    Egypt's coach Hossam El-Badry satisfied with winning start despite technical problems    Lebanon deploys water cannon, helicopters to fight wildfires across country    Petrochemicals hurt Qatar, Gulf stocks mostly quiet early on    Sliding inflation    Debating local councils law    Bulgaria boss Balakov apologizes to England over racist chants during Euro 2020 qualifier    MPs vent their anger at government    Hundreds released    ‘Proud and free'    Making healthcare universal    Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans    Macron on course for clash with Merkel over starting membership talks    Luxor's new discoveries    Egypt's FM Shoukry asserts importance of economic relations with Croatia    Egypt's agricultural exports to China rise in 8 months – report    IMF's head Georgieva hails Egypt's economic reforms    Egypt's PM, US secretary of energy mull cooperation in energy, electricity    Moroccan film Nomades scoops awards in Alexandria Film Festival    British police order a halt to climate change protests in London    Toshiba's JV with Egyptian Elaraby opens regional HQ in South Africa    Six authors vie for Booker prize 2019, Atwood in the lead    In Photos: A sneak peek into rehearsals for the Cleopatra ballet world premiere    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM to meet in Moscow to discuss GERD issue    Sisi: army engaged in attrition phase against terrorism in Sinai since 2013    10K fans to attend Egypt's friendly against Botswana in Alexandria: EFA    Sisi, Ethiopia's PM agree to overcome obstacles in Nile dam talks    Farwell to Egyptian comic actor Talaat Zakaria    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Arab monitoring head says violence dipped in Syria
Published in Daily News Egypt on 23 - 01 - 2012

CAIRO: The general who headed the Arab monitoring mission in Syria said on Monday that violence had dipped after the observers arrived, contradicting accounts by Syrian activists who have said the killing has continued unabated.
Sudanese General Mohammed Al-Dabi was speaking a day after Arab League foreign ministers proposed that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad hand power to a deputy and set up a new unity government, after earlier efforts failed to end bloodshed.
"After the arrival of the mission, the intensity of violence began to decrease," Dabi told a news conference at the Cairo-based Arab League, echoing a line other League officials have taken.
"Our job was to check what is going on the ground and not investigate it," he said, adding that monitors had so far reported 136 deaths since they started their mission and that the number included supporters of both the opposition and the government.
Syrian activists have been critical of the mission saying it has simply bought time for Assad without ending the violent 10-month crackdown on protests.
Dabi's own appointment has also been criticized because of the Sudanese government's rights record in Darfur and other areas of Sudan where there has been unrest.
"I assure that the heavy military equipment has been withdrawn from all cities...," Dabi said.
Despite criticism over the monitors' failure to end the bloodshed, the Arab ministers agreed to extend the mission, expand it and boost its technical and logistical support.
The extension was, however, overshadowed by Saudi Arabia's decision to withdraw its own monitors and urge the international community to exert "all possible pressure" on Damascus.
"The mission's role is monitoring and is not stopping the killing or stopping the destruction or otherwise," Dabi said, adding that the mission was sent to check whether Syria was adhering to an Arab peace plan.
That plan included calling for withdrawing the military from residential areas, releasing detainees, giving free access to the media and opening dialogue with the opposition.
"On releasing detainees, statements we got were based on general reports from opposition sources saying 12,000 have been detained or so but when we audited them we found that those reports lacked solid information and could not be verified," Dabi said.
Hundreds of Syrians have been reported killed since the unarmed observers began their work. At least three monitors have told Reuters of deep civilian suffering and complained that the Syrian government has shown no will to end the crackdown.
Countering those who have said the mission has been buying time for the Syrian government, Dabi said:
"I stressed (to Arab ministers) the necessity of bringing forward the peace process so that the national dialogue would take place simultaneously with the monitoring mission's work."

Clic here to read the story from its source.