Syria: Arab monitor pullout aims to influence UN

By REUTERS
January 28, 2012 20:22

 
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BEIRUT - Syria said the Arab League's suspension of its monitoring mission in the country was an attempt to influence the United Nations Security Council and increase pressure for foreign intervention, state television said on Saturday.

"This will have a negative impact and put pressure on (Security Council) deliberations with the aim of calling for foreign intervention and encouraging armed groups to increase violence," a news flash on Syria Television said.

The Arab League said on Saturday it suspended its mission due to rising violence in Syria, which is trying to crush a 10-month revolt against President Bashar Assad's rule. The League called on Assad to step down last week and is meeting with the Security Council in the coming days to discuss an Arab peace plan.

"Syria is still committed to the success of the Arab monitoring mission and to protecting the mission observers," the news flash said.

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