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Syria negotiates with AL over observer mission, opposition urges gov't to accept

(Xinhua)

12:40, December 05, 2011

DAMASCUS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- As Damascus is still negotiating with the Arab League (AL) over the Arab observer mission to monitor the Syrian unrest on the ground, some opposition figures urged the government to allow in the mission to avoid the internationalization of the months-long crisis.

Earlier Sunday, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi told Xinhua by phone that there is "a mutual exchange of messages" between Syria and the AL pertaining the observer mission.

His remarks came just one day after the AL gave Damascus a new deadline to allow in observers amid warnings of internationalizing the Syrian issue if Damascus refused the mission.

There is "a mutual exchange of messages between Syria and the AL to reach a certain vision to facilitate the mission of observers in Syria and preserve Syrian interests and sovereignty," said Makdisi.

"The policy of sanctions is unwarranted and targets the Syrian people," he said, expressing hope that these policies would be reviewed so as not to exacerbate the situation.

He said Syria is seeking to end the crisis, which requires a deep understanding to the reality of the Syrian situation and not to build policies on misleading media reports, stressing that the Syrian crisis could be solved internally "far from the international interventions."

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