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Syrian gov't continues to cooperate with AL as unrest lingers

(Xinhua)

16:32, January 16, 2012

DAMASCUS, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government continued to take measures, including cooperation with the Arab League (AL), to put an end to its lingering 10-month-long unrest.

In the latest step to fulfil its pledge to cooperate with the AL, Syria said Sunday that it had granted work permits to local and foreign media organizations to cover the unrest in the violence-hit country.

The Information Ministry said it would help journalists convey the reality of what is happening in Syria to the world and to make the mission of the AL observers a success.

Also on Sunday, the government released about 190 prisoners under the general amnesty granted earlier in the day by the president. The amnesty covered all crimes committed during the country's 10-month-long unrest. Another batch of prisoners is expected to be released Monday.

Amnesty is granted to those who have demonstrated peacefully, those who have carried and possessed unlicensed weapons and ammunition, as well as those who hand over their unlicensed weapons to the government before the end of this month.

Amnesty will also be granted to army deserters if they turn themselves in to the authorities before Jan. 31.

Earlier this month, the Syrian government also released 552 detainees, which brought the number of released detainees to 3,399.

The AL observers considered the Syrian government's move of releasing prisoners to be in accordance with the protocol signed between Syria and the AL on ending the unrest.

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