Syria inks deal to allow Arab League monitors into the country

But sanctions will stay in place. Reuters: Syria agreed on Monday to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor implementation of a deal it agreed last month to pull troops from protest-hit towns, free political prisoners and start talking to dissidents. However, the executive head of the League said after the signing of a protocol on foreign observers that there was no immediate plan to lift sanctions that were imposed when Damascus at first refused outside monitors. Nabil Elaraby said observers would now determine whether Syria's government was complying. "The protocol is a mechanism to go to Syria and move freely to ensure the implementation of the Arab initiative on Syria. What counts is good faith in implementation," Elaraby, the Arab League secretary-general, said. An advance party would head to Syria this week to prepare for the arrival of monitors. President Bashar al-Assad's administration broadly agreed last month to the Arab League peace initiative aimed at...(Read Full Post)