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France hopes Arab observer mission to start quickly in Syria


10:17, December 20, 2011

PARIS, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- France urged Syrian authorities to allow the Arab observer mission to start its duty "as soon as possible" following the country's acception of observers on Monday, said the French Foreign Ministry.

"We noted Syria's announcement of the signing of the protocol on sending observers. It is important that observers can effectively fulfill their mission as soon as possible on the ground," said Bernard Valero, the spokesman of French Foreign Ministry.

Syria signed the Arab League (AL) observer protocol on Monday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo after the pan-Arab group threatened to submit the issue to the UN Security Council two days ago.

The deal was signed by AL Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli and Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.

The 22-member group is to hold a meeting on Tuesday at the level of permanent delegates to discuss the latest developments in Syria.

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