UN backs Arab League mission to Syria

AP News
Posted: Dec 30, 2011 3:23 PM

The U.N. says it's critical that the Syrian government give the Arab League's observer mission unhindered access and its full cooperation as thousands of protesters take to that country's streets to underscore their defiance of the regime.

Martin Nesirky, spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, said Friday that the league efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis in Syria are important.

Nesirky spoke as a deeply divided Security Council has yet to pass a resolution condemning the violence which the U.N. says has killed more than 5,000 people.

The nearly 100 Arab League monitors are the first that Syria has allowed into the country during the current uprising that began in March.