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Syria Accuses U.S. Of Interfering In Arab Affairs

Mourners on January 3 carry the coffin of a man identified in a statement by the antiregime Local Coordination Committees as Abdel Jabbar Zaarur, reportedly killed in Homs.
Syria has accused the United States of interfering in Arab League affairs.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi said in a statement that the United States was "seeking to rekindle violence by its mobilization and incitement [to violence]" as it sought to "internationalize" the issue of Syria.

The statement comes as the U.S. State Department said on January 4 that Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, will travel to Cairo for consultations with the Arab League.

Feltman is due to arrive in the Egyptian capital later on January 4 and is scheduled to hold discussions with the Arab League on January 5.

Arab League observers have been in Syria since last week trying to assess the regime's implementation of a peace agreement aimed at ending violence in the country.

But there are no signs of the violence abating in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that three more civilians were killed on January 4.

compiled from agency reports