Syria Again Ignores Arab League Deadline to Allow Observers
December 4, 2011
Syria on Sunday ignored another Arab League deadline to accept observers, saying it was still negotiating details of the mission to monitor a plan aimed at ending months of bloodshed. Arab foreign ministers had warned that they would soon tighten sanctions against President Bashar Assad’s increasingly isolated regime unless a protocol for the observer mission was signed Sunday.
“Messages are being exchanged between Syria and the Arab League to reach a certain vision that would facilitate the mission of observers in Syria,” Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told reporters in Damascus. However, Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al Thani, said Saturday that Syria’s requests for clarification had been answered. “We asked the foreign minister to come tomorrow and sign the paper … and we are awaiting an answer.”