International mediator Kofi Annan : Syria to reply on ending violence

International mediator Kofi Annan : Syria to reply on ending violence

Ankara : Turkey | Mar 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM PDT
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The international mediator Kofi Annan said Tuesday in Ankara that he expected a reply from the Syrian regime to his mediation proposals.

"I expect a response from the Syrian authorities today because I have submitted to them specific proposals," he told reporters after a meeting in the Turkish capital with the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main opposition body to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr. Annan announced Sunday that he presented to the Syrian president in Damascus a series of concrete proposals to resolve the crisis in Syria and had said that his talks in Damascus were centered on the need for an immediate cessation of violence and killings and allow access to humanitarian organizations.

"After obtaining their response, we will know how to react," said the U.N. envoy in Ankara. "The Syrian people deserve better," he added.

It is worth mentioning that Annan arrived in Turkey on Monday as the number of Syrians arriving at the border to seek refuge is mounting daily. About 12,500 Syrians who fled their homes are currently in Turkey, according to the latest official figures from Ankara, AFP reported.

Meanwhile, Syrian regime forces have laid mines in areas near the borders of Lebanon and Turkey, where many Syrians fleeing the conflict took refuge, said Tuesday the Human Rights organization Human Rights Watch. HRW said this information is based on many testimonies by Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon.

"Making use of landmines is an unscrupulous behavior," said Steve Goose, HRW deputy director in charge of weapons issues. "There is absolutely no justification for the use of such weapons by any country whatsoever, under any circumstances for any purpose whatsoever," he added.

The opponents of the regime use to smuggle food, medicine and weapons from Lebanon and Turkey. They also evacuate to these two countries wounded people.

On his part, the President of SNC Burhan Ghalioun, for his part, told reporters that several countries have expressed their desire to arm the insurgents but that his body favored a political and diplomatic settlement to the crisis. But, he continued, "If this does not happen, we will accept this offer of assistance in arms."

However, according to TASS news, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for independent monitoring mechanisms in Syria as Lavrov believes that independent monitoring could help bring the conflicting parties to a ceasefire but warned against the danger of arming Syrian rebels as weapons supplied to the opposition might fell into the hands of al-Qaida operating in Syria.


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International mediator Kofi Annan : Syria to reply on ending violence
Kofi Annan meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, March 10, 2012.Photo by: AFP
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