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Syrian opposition hopes success of Arab initiative

(Xinhua)

21:47, December 30, 2011

CAIRO, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun said on Thursday he insisted the Arabs can play a major role in solving the Syrian crisis and wished a success of the Arab initiative to avoid civil war or foreign interference.

"We insist that the Arab world can play a big role in tackling the Syrian crisis," Ghalioun told reporters after meeting with Arab League (AL) Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi.

"The goal of the observer mission isn't just monitoring but making sure that the Syrian regime is applying the protocol items, stopping violence, releasing the prisoners and withdrawing the military forces from cities and urban areas," said Ghalioun, quoted by Egypt's state news agency MENA.

Meanwhile, Adnan Issa al-Khoudhir, head of the Arab League operation room for the observe mission, said on Thursday the Arab observer mission has been working in several Syrian cities and submitting periodic reports to the AL.

Khoudir said the observers have so far traveled to the cities including Daraa and Homs.

He confirmed that a shooting incident took place but the mission has not determined who was behind it.

Preparations are underway for sending 40 observers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Iraq to the country, he said.

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