Skooter reporting 11/19/11
A senior Arab diplomat said Friday that Syria has accepted only “in principle” and permitted an Arab League observers into the country to confirm whether the regime has taken actions to protect civilians. The exact nature of the mission remained under questions.
At the start there were 500 observers believed to be intended for Syria, but the proposed number had been reduced to 40, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday. As of Thursday night, a day after Arab league representatives approved it, Syria requested to amend the plan, the Cairo-based regional alliance said.
As of now, the league is perusing the letter from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, that included amendments in regards to protocol and duties of the observers, Nabil el-Araby, secretary-general of the Arab League, said.
On Saturday 18 of the Arab League’s 22 member nations voted to suspend Syria’s membership in the league but on Wednesday the group gave Damascus three days to enforce a protocol to allow observers to enter the country.
The goal of the mission is to verify the truth about the nature of the injuries and numbers of casualties and assess the hospitals’ needs, said Dr. Ibrahim Zafarani, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and founding member of the Arab Doctors Association who said he'd volunteered to be an observer.