Damascus: Syria has "responded positively" to an Arab League proposal designed to end months of deadly unrest, paving the way for its signature, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdesi said on Monday.
   
Syria was given a Sunday deadline by the Arab League to agree to allow observers to monitor the situation on the ground in Syria, where security forces have brutally suppressed a popular revolt in a crackdown that has seen 4,000 people killed since mid-March, according to UN figures.
   
"The Syrian government responded positively to the signing of the protocol... based on the Syrian understanding to this cooperation," Makdesi told reporters.
   
"The road has been cleared for the signing" of the Arab plan, he added.
   
The deployment of an observer mission is part of the League's proposal to end the violence in Syria.

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