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Moscow welcomed an Arab League decision to continue the two-week-old mission to monitor implementation of the government’s pledge to stop a crackdown the United Nations says has killed more than 5,000 people in ten months of protests.

"Their deployment is already exerting a stabilising influence on the situation and helping to provide a truthful and objective picture of what is happening," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement posted on www.mid.ru said of the observers.

It repeated Russian calls for dialogue between Assad’s government and his opponents.

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