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Arab League’s credibility questioned

Published: 06/01/2012 10:19:00 AM GMT
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A contradiction to the role of Arab League Observers in Syria has risen as the killings of local Syrians continue to rise. The people have repeatedly backed the role of Arab League and have stated that they can help put an end to the daily killings but in the most prominent provinces the reality unfortunately seems different. With the advent of AL the number of casualties and violence has ramped up claiming the lives of many on regular basis now.

So far the Arab League has visited 6 cities under the lime light of violence, and after a week of gathering data from Syria AL ministerial committee in charge of dealing with such crisis has planned to gather up in Cairo to discuss the solutions for Syria it would be the first official report that would be discussed while actions would follow.

After all this time of an ongoing monitoring the AL seems powerless as the Syrian regime is still buying time to mold the restless situations in many parts of the country. The ineffectiveness was shown and confirmed also accepted by Syrian regime when the AL transferred their powers by signing an agreement 3 weeks ago that submitted the issue to United Nations Security Council. This would directly involve the Western powers to take over the situation.

Negating all the plans for shifting powers to the United Nation’s Security Council AL secretary general claimed that nothing has changed and AL would continue all its efforts to solve the chaos in Syria. Some observers have also told AL that Syrian forces have been withdrawn from a number of zones but Syrian activists have not accepted the statement. Even Qatar's Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani is not convinced by some of the AL’s missions’ report which seems nothing but dubbing the monitors in Syria as making some drastic mistakes for notifying the prevailing facts.

Earlier in his meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the prime minister of Qatar said, "We are coming here for technical help and to see the experience the UN has on solving such crisis, because this is the first time the Arab League has been involved in sending the monitors to take charge of the chaos, and there are some serious mistakes observed." He also spoke in his capacity as the head of the AL task force in Syria. The prime minister also mentioned that the AL had no expertise for such a mission and that he looked for the help of UN. The report on the Syrian issues provided on the people’s ground by AL is the only way through which we can evaluate their affectivity in the region.

It was no secret that AL mission was not welcomed by the Syrian opposition in the first place, there was little or no faith in the mission as it was predicted to have an end to the deadly crackdown upon protesters. The opposition argument was based on the monitor’s being manipulated by the Syrian regime and that the number of causalities has increased significantly since the arrival of the monitors. Some activists also claim that the Syrian army has replaced the military vehicles to make it appear as if the troops have abandoned the cities which were based on the stipulated plans by AL peace committee. Many Syrians also have doubts over the head of the monitoring team, Mustafa Al-Dabi, a Sudanese who is speaks against favoring the Syrian regime.

In brief, it remains to be seen how AL would justify the ongoing deadly crackdown. Regardless of all the positive details provided by the monitoring team, the judgments would only be based upon the number of deaths. If the AL fails to convince their effective plans it is most likely that they will either have to quit the job and either way they would be losing both its relevance and credibility.

Contradictory statements on the role of AL has been questioned and is awaited the judgement that may put them out of power.