Damascus ….SaebPress/ Reuters/ Agencies
The head of an Arab League delegation investigating the unrest in Syria has described the situation in the crisis-hit city of Homs as ”reassuring”.
Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi said on Wednesday that although some parts of the city, which observers visited a day earlier, were “not good”, he saw “nothing frightening” in Homs, Reuters reported.
“There were some places where the situation was not good. But there wasn’t anything frightening, at least while we were there. Things were calm and there were no clashes,” he said.
“We did not see tanks but we did see some armoured vehicles.”
“But remember this was only the first day and it will need investigation. We have 20 people who will be there for a long time,” Gen. Dabi continued.
Dabi‘s remarks, however, have dismayed several Western countries, who were expecting an anti-Syria report from the AL delegation. France has described Dabi’s remarks as premature.
Aljazeera not happy
Meanwhile Aljazeera TV network not happy for such findings, Aljazeera went to full speed in publishing contradictory reports to AL delegation findings. As some experts indicated ‘’ Aljazeera machine trying to discredit the Arab League delegation, we notice in Aljazeera reports …‘’Activists on Tuesday said Syrian police used tear gas to disperse an estimated 70,000 people who took to the streets of Homs as the observers visited’’, Meanwhile not one of AL observers confirmed what Aljazeera reported’’ Saeb Shaath a Political Expert Said.
‘’Aljazeera reports refer to ‘activists said’ or showing videos which cannot be verified, describing and tagging them with ‘Video shared by activists from the protest in Hama’ or ‘Video uploaded by Homs-based activists’, day by day experts confirm such videos are produced somewhere else to destabilise Syria’’ Saeb Shaath added .
In a move to counter Al Jazeera climes the Arab League said on Wednesday ‘’Gen. Dabi has vital military and diplomatic expertise’’.
Syria gives Full access to AL
A group of 50 observers from the Arab League visited various sites in Homs, including the neighbourhoods of Baba Amro, Karm al-Zeitoun and Wadi al-Zahab, and talked to residents on Tuesday, commending the Syrian government’s cooperative approach towards giving them access to different locations without restriction.
The Arab League plan endorsed by Syria on November 2 calls for the withdrawal of the military from towns and residential districts, a halt to violence against civilians and the release of detainees.
Syrian state television reported on Wednesday that the government has released 755 detainees “whose hands were not stained with blood”.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, also urged Syria to give the observers maximum freedom as they go about their mission in the violence-wracked country.
“We constantly work with the Syrian leadership calling on it to fully cooperate with observers from the Arab League and to create work conditions that are as comfortable and free as possible,” Lavrov said.
Source: SaebPress/ Reuters/ Agencies