Arab League’s credibility questioned
06 Jan 2012 10:19 GMT
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 (AL) 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 that have been subjected to violence and political unrest, and after a week of gathering data AL ministerial committee in charge of dealing with crisis has planned to hold a meeting 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 unrest of political situations in many parts of the country. The confirmation of acceptance by the Syrian regime was shown when AL transferred their powers by signing an agreement almost 3 weeks ago; it submitted the issue to United Nation’s Security Council. This would directly involve the Western powers to take over the control in the country.

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 Some observers have also told AL that Syrian forces have been withdrawn from a number of zones but Syrian activists have not accepted the statement.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 and reports which seems nothing but dubbing the monitors in Syria for 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 UN has on solving such crisis may seem helpful, because this is the first time Arab League has been involved in sending the monitors to take charge of the chaos, and there are some serious mistakes observed, this might be the only solution left to solve things quickly." He also spoke in his capacity as the head of the AL task force in Syria. The Prime Minister also mentioned that the AL has no expertise to handle such a mission which is why 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’s 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 numbers of causalities have also 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 speaks against the Syrian regime.

Yet it remains unknown and unpredictable how AL would justify the ongoing deadly crackdown in Syria, regardless of all the positive details provided by the monitoring team the judgments would still only be based upon the number of deaths in the country after AL has been intervening the situation. If AL fails to convince their effective plans it is most likely that AL will either have to quit the job for claiming their role on providing stability to the country or they would have to bring UN to take charge, either way AL would be losing both its relevance and credibility for solving issues of political unrest in Syria.

-- Al Arabiya Digital