November 18th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Syria accepts Arab League plan 'in principle'

Syria has accepted "in principle" an Arab League plan to permit 500 observers into the country to verify whether the regime has taken measures to protect civilians, according to a senior Arab diplomat.

Syria has requested amendments to the protocol before signing it, said the diplomat, who has knowledge of negotiations between the Arab League and Syria.

Arab League nations voted to suspend Syria from membership. But the league, which met in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, gave Damascus three days to implement a protocol to allow observers to enter the nation.

Nabil al-Arabi, secretary-general of the Arab League, said the league is studying a letter from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem that included amendments on the protocol and duties of the observers.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Right after the Syrian govenment beats everyone into submission.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, that's a new one...
    That's just a pretty way of saying "no".

    I'll us that one:
    "Mom, can I have twenty dollars?"
    "What?! Why"?
    "I want to go to the mall."
    "I accept that scenario in principle. However, you need to sign this amendment telling me exactly what chores you're going to do to earn that money before you get a penny."

    There's more, but you get the idea...

    November 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Does Assad also accept that he is a psychopath "in principle"?

    November 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    No, Bombo, he's past principle; he in FACT a psychopath.
    He just doesn't think he is...

    November 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    You said Assad. Heh heh heh.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gijoe

    The muslims who come against Israel will suffer annihalation and disintegration so step the hell up and lets get this over with

    November 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |