Arab League observers began their mission in Syria on December 26
Arab League observers arrive at a Damascus church on January 12 to attend a mass for an infant killed during the 10-month uprising. The Arab League will suspend its observer mission in unrest-swept Syria on Wednesday if the Syrian authorities refuse its request for a one-month extension, the bloc's deputy secretary told AFP. © Joseph Eid - AFP/File
Arab League observers began their mission  in Syria on December 26
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Last updated: January 24, 2012

Arabs threaten to suspend Syria mission Wednesday

The Arab League will suspend its observer mission in unrest-swept Syria on Wednesday if the Syrian authorities refuse its request for a one-month extension, the bloc's deputy secretary told AFP.

The mission, which officially ended on January 19, was extended "to January 24 after an oral agreement" with Damascus, Ahmad bin Helli said.

"If the Syrian government does not give its agreement to (further) extend the mission, the observers will suspend their work, will remain in their places of residence and will not move" until receiving a response from Syria, he added.

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