Sunday, January 8, 2012

Qatar urges Western agents for Syria

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani

Source: Press TV

Qatar has suggested that Western agents join the Arab League delegation team in Syria to monitor the unrest in the country.

On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers will review the first report by their observers two weeks after the bloc's delegation arrived in the country on December 26.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani claimed the Arab League observer mission in Syria has deviated from its goals, saying that monitors could not stay in Syria to "waste time."

He added that the Arab League observer mission in Syria has made "some mistakes."

Meanwhile, France and the US have slammed what they call the impotence of the league's obsrevers and asked for their exit from Syria.

The Persian Gulf kingdom has been at the forefront of criticism of Syria and has pushed for Arab League sanctions against Damascus.

Doha has reportedly built up a strong army of hundreds of Wahhabi forces to help overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The heavily-equipped forces known as the Free Syrian Army have taken up positions in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March and the UN said more than 5,000 people have been killed in the country over the past nine months.

Damascus says over 2,000 of those killed were members of its security forces.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

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