Arab League to freeze Syria mission
Cairo, January 28, 2012
The Arab League's monitoring mission to Syria has been frozen given the escalation of violence in the country, the Arab League said in a statement on Saturday.
"It has been decided to immediately stop the work of the Arab League's mission to Syria pending presention of the issue to the league's council," the Secretary-General of the Arab League said in a statement.
The mission would remain in Syria, a source at the league had earlier told Reuters, but would temporarily freeze its work.
The head of the monitoring mission, Ambassador Adnan al-Khodeir, had earlier said that the General Secretariat of the league would take all the necessary procedures to protect the safety of its monitors in Syria.-Reuters