Monday, December 5, 2011

Syria lets Arab League deadline expire, again 36 killed

 Syria on Sunday let the deadline expire to agree on a new Arab League plan to allow observers in to monitor the country's unrest or face further sanctions. Meanwhile on Sunday 36 people have been killed by security forces. Activists say. that November was the bloodiest month since the uprising started in March, with more than 700 civilians killed.  More than 4,000 people have died since protests broke out in March, according to the United Nations, which says the violence in Syria is taking the shape of a civil war.
Syria signalled on Sunday that it might still be willing to comply with the Arab League's plan but was negotiating some details. But the news agency AFP quoted a senior Qatari official as saying Damascus had asked for "new clarifications and further amendments to be made to the protocol which was proposed to cover the deployment of the observer mission. But the Arab ministers had "refused". The Qatari official said, however, that if Syrian officials "still want to sign; they can come tomorrow to Cairo."
Syria's failure to meet an earlier deadline on November 25 to allow observers led to the the imposition of measures like a ban on dealings with the country's central bank and a freeze of Syrian government assets. .
 Iraq and Lebanon have said they will not impose sanctions on their neighbour.  Jordan has asked to be exempt, as its trade volume with Syria is in the order of $ 400 million a year.

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