Arab Body Calls For Pullout Of Monitors In Syria

Published January 1, 2012 3:09PM (EST)

CAIRO (AP) — A pan-Arab body is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Arab League monitors in Syria because President Bashar Assad's regime has kept up killings of government opponents even in the presence of the observers.

The 88-member Arab Parliament said Sunday that Arabs are angered by the Syrian regime's ongoing killings while the monitors are in the country. The monitors are supposed to be ensuring Syria complies with terms of the League's plan to end the 9-month-old crackdown on dissent. Syria agreed to the plan on Dec. 19.

However the Kuwaiti head of the Arab Parliament, Ali Salem al-Deqbasi, said the monitors are only providing cover for the regime to continue its "inhumane actions" under the noses of the Arab League observers.

By Salon Staff

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