Germany says Syria must allow observers in 'immediately'

20th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The German government called on Syria Tuesday to "immediately" act on its pledge to allow Arab observers to monitor a deal ending a deadly nine-month crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

"The federal government now expects from the Syrian government that... it act on its pledge to allow international observers into Syria, that it now immediately follow through on its commitments," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

He said Chancellor Angela Merkel was "deeply worried" about the violation of human rights and called on the Syrian government to stop violence against civilians as well as against army deserters.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Syria would be judged by actions rather than words, also urging Damascus to immediately implement the accord. But he noted that Syria had broken promises in the past.

"We will therefore judge the agreement of the Syrian leadership with the Arab League not by its words but only by actions, namely their immediate implementation," he said in a statement.

President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime signed a deal Monday to accept observers to monitor an Arab League plan to end the bloodshed in which more than 5,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations.

"Violence must immediately end, the military withdraw, political prisoners be released and unhindered humanitarian access be granted. These are important conditions for a peaceful change in Syria," Westerwelle said.

© 2011 AFP

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