Elaraby rejects Syria amendments to observers' mission

November 20, 2011 15:08


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Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby told Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem that the league had rejected any amendments to its observers' mission to Syria, pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat reported on Sunday.

According to the report, Elaraby informed Moallem that "no amendments or additions will be made to the mission" after Syria requested that some changes be made on Thursday.

Syria reportedly requetsed that the observers come from Arab countries only. According to Asharq Alawsat, Syria was opposed to Turkey taking part on the observers' mission, accusing Ankara of providing weapons and funding to gunmen opposed to the Syrian regime.

Elaraby rejected the Syrian amendments, saying they were contradictory to the Arab League mission.

"I would like to add that most of the suggested amendments are inconsistent with the tasks set out by the Arab League mission," Elaraby told Moallem according to the report.

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