Middle East

Media sceptical of mission in Syria

A large demonstration in the flashpoint central Syrian city of Homs
Image caption Syria has seen mass anti-government protests and a violent crackdown

Several Middle Eastern commentators are sceptical of the likely success of an Arab League observer mission, which has begun work in Syria to monitor compliance with a peace agreement.

Security forces shot at protesters in the city of Homs where the observers started their work, which some commentators say indicates that the authorities are intent on suppressing dissent, even with the monitors watching.

One writer suggests that the Arab League might need to shift responsibility to the United Nations to try to stop the violence, which has claimed thousands of lives since pro-democracy protests began earlier this year.

Khalid al-Ashhab in Syria's Al-Thawrah

For the sweeping majority of Syrians, the success of the Arab monitors' mission means that the monitors see with their own eyes the crimes and vandalism carried out by the armed terrorist groups.

Editorial in Saudi Arabia's Al-Jazirah

The Syrian regime's use of tanks and artillery in bombarding cities and crowded residential areas in the presence of Arab monitors means that there is insistence on imposing the security option to suppress the will of the Syrian people... Action aimed at lifting the injustice and suppression requires a firm and decisive stance by the Arab League... If the Arab League does not perform its duties and responsibilities, it must clearly declare its inability to act and refer the whole matter to the UN Security Council which knows how to deal with regimes that kill their people.

Mazin Hammad in Qatar's Al-Watan

In the absence of close cooperation between Damascus and the Arab League, the results will be negative and Arabs will find themselves heading for the UN and the Security Council in particular, which means internationalization of the crisis.

Hammud al-Hattab in Kuwait's Al-Siyassah

The humiliating mission of the Arab League's poor delegation is to monitor the situation. What a poor crippled mission that exposes the league's weakness and emptiness.

Hamid Hilmi Zadah in Iran's Arabic Al-Vefagh

Syria no longer needs to present documents and evidence to prove to the Arab League monitors that it is facing organized terrorism that is backed by external forces.

Editorial in United Arab Emirates' Gulf News

Given that the violence has continued unabated even with the Arab League observers in Damascus, there is little wonder that Syrian opposition groups are saying the initiative is meaningless, doubting that the Arab League has the power to remove Al Assad.

Abd al-Hamid al-Ahdab in Lebanon's Al-Nahar

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad gains more time while the Syrian people are being tortured. The blood bath will not stop and the observers will not see the bloodshed; the observers will not be allowed to discover the massacres.

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