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Russia welcomes Syria's signature on Arab League protocol


10:11, December 20, 2011

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia believed the protocol signed by the Syrian authorities regarding the dispatching of observers from the Arab countries would help protect all Syrians and stabilize the situation in the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Monday statement.

"We believe the document signed in Cairo offers an opportunity to use a mechanism of independent monitoring on the ground, to provide protection for all Syrian citizens and to stabilize the situation. This chance must be utilized," the ministry said, adding that Moscow welcomed Syria's signature on the protocol on Monday.

The ministry also reiterated Russia's stance and called on the immediate cease of violence in Syria and solving the country's problems with no outside intervention but through nationwide dialogue.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last Tuesday urged Syria to sign the protocol proposed by the Arab League that would allow Arab monitors into the country.

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