Syria accepts Arab League plan aimed at ending months of violence

Syria agrees proposal to end attacks on protestors and to withdraw forces from cities
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Syria has accepted a plan proposed by the Arab League to end a bloody crackdown on protests in the country, which have been ongoing for eight months. Yussef al-Ahmad, Syria's ambassador to the Arab League, was present at the ministerial meeting held in the League's Cairo headquarters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci announced news of the feedback from Syrian authorities, which he hopes will bring peace to Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Under the agreement, Syria has agreed to remove tanks and armored vehicles from the streets, to cease violence and release political prisoners. The league said it will then initiate dialogue with the opposition at its headquarters in Cairo. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (above) has been encouraging negotiations and dialogue for some time. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (L) sits next to Qatari Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani during the meeting. The Qatari minister said: “We are happy to have reached this agreement, and we will be even happier once it is implemented.” (AFP/Getty Images)
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As part of the deal, Syria has also agreed to allow media and rights groups to monitor the situation in the country. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal also attended the meeting. In a statement, the Arab League said it "welcomed the Syrian government's agreement to the plan," emphasising "the need for the immediate, full and exact implementation of the articles". (AFP/Getty Images)
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Media reports say the Arab League effort on Syria was evidently an attempt to avoid repeating the pattern set by Libya. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki (above) was also in attendance. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Assad government has maintained that it faces an internal armed insurrection that must be put down with force. (AFP/Getty Images)