Last updated: 6 January, 2012

France says Arab mission in Syria unable to do job

The Arab League mission sent to monitor unrest in Syria is unable to do its job properly, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Friday.

“We support the Arab League which has sent observers to Syria but this mission is not at present able to do its job properly,” Juppe said on the second day of a visit to Tunisia.

He condemned the “savage and brutal repression” by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against demonstrations which has left more than 5,000 people dead.

He also expressed regret that Russian opposition had prevented further action against Damascus by the United Nations.

A team of Arab League observers has been in Syria since December 26 trying to assess whether Assad’s regime is complying with a peace accord aimed at ending its deadly crackdown on dissent.

But critics say it has been completely outmanoeuvred by the government and failed to make any progress towards stemming nearly 10 months of bloodshed.