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Qatar Prime Minister Says Arab League Monitors Made Mistakes

January 04, 2012

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber Al Thani said Arab League observers dispatched to Syria to monitor President Bashar al-Assad’s compliance to a peace plan lack experience and may require technical support from the United Nations.

“This is the first time the Arab League is involved in sending monitors, and there are some mistakes,” he told reporters in New York. “They tried their best. They have less experience. We need the experience from the UN and we need to see how we can evaluate if they go back, how they will work.”

Al-Thani said that the Arab League needs to wait to hear the reports “of the people who have been on the ground first” before mulling the next steps. He did not exclude action moving to the Security Council should the Arab League fail to convince the Assad regime to stop killing protesters.

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