Syria: Assad Agrees To Arab League Monitors To Oversee Peace Plan
Syria has reportedly sent a message to the Arab League accepting their proposal to provide oversight to a peace plan aimed at ending the violence between the regime and the protesters.
The three-part strategy, drawn up earlier this month, includes withdrawing troops and tanks from the cities of Homs and Hama, ending the attacks on protesters and opening a dialogue between authorities and anti-government forces.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to abide by the plan when it was first proposed, however the bloodshed continued, with reports suggesting that more than 400 people died in November alone.
According to an unnamed BBC source, the plan to allow international observers to oversee the peace process has now been accepted by Damascus, subject to some changes designed to protect "the country's sovereignty and dignity".
The move follows the League's ultimatum delivered on Wednesday to accept oversight or face further sanctions.
On Saturday, the league took the unexpected step of suspending Syria's membership of the 22-state organisation.
It has not been reported when the civilian and military monitors will be sent into Syria.
On Wednesday, members of the Free Syrian Army attacked a military base outside Damascus, the most audacious attack by anti-government forces since the unrest began in March.
On Saturday, thousands of pro-government demonstrators took to the street of the capital in a show of support for Assad, resulting in attacks on the embassies of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.