Arab League committee wants more monitors in Syria

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CAIRO (AP) -- Arab League ministers responsible for monitoring the Syrian crisis say they need more observers and greater independence on the ground.

Ministers at a meeting in Cairo said those are conditions for successfully carrying out an observer mission aimed at pressuring Damascus to stop its 10-month-old crackdown on protesters that has killed thousands, according to a statement Sunday.

Opposition activists say around 450 people have been killed by President Bashar Assad's regime since observers began work in Syria nearly two weeks ago.

At the meeting, the head of the observers issued his first report on the mission, sharing photos, maps and initial findings.

The opposition charges that the regime is misleading the 165 observers and that the mission had done nothing to resolve the crisis.