Syria expects to sign Arab League peace deal 'soon

Syria has responded "positively" to an Arab League initiative aimed at ending eight months of deadly unrest, its foreign ministry spokesman has said.

Jihad al-Makdisi told reporters that he expected a deal to be signed soon.

He spoke after the expiry of the latest deadline set by the Arab League for Damascus to agree to its peace plan and allow in observers to monitor it.

Syria is under pressure to end its crackdown on an uprising the UN says has left more than 4,000 people dead.

Over the weekend, the Syrian army staged war games in a show of force.

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