Annan wants immediate ceasefire in Syria

Annan wants immediate ceasefire in Syria

Geneva : Switzerland | Mar 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM PDT
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U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Friday demanded the Syrian Government implement a ceasefire it previously agreed to immediately, Annan's spokesman said according to Aljazera news.

The “deadline is now” for Syrian forces to cease all violence and said the government in Damascus should make a gesture of good faith by implementing the ceasefire first, Annan's spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva.

Annan will soon visit Iran, Syria’s key regional ally, for talks on the crisis, although no date has been announced yet, Fawzi said.

Earlier Wednesday, the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi had told the media that "Kofi Annan will travel to Tehran next week, probably Monday."

Assad previously agreed to a six-point plan by Annan aimed at finding a peaceful solution to over a year of unrest in Syria, which included an immediate ceasefire.

U.N. Human Rights officials say at least 9,100 have been killed in the popular uprising against Assad's 11-year autocratic rule and accuse Assad of war crimes.

Meanwhile, According to the Wall Street Journal Europe, Saudi Arabia wants Jordan to open its border with Syria to supply weapons to the Syrian opposition.

"At their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's King asked his Jordanian counterpart to permit weapons shipments to Syria in exchange for economic assistance to Jordan," BBC news reports.

On the ground, 45 people have been killed by the fire of Syrian forces across the country

According to Alarabiya news, an Internet-based activist group "The Syrian Revolution 2011" called for people to take to the streets after the main weekly Muslim prayers on Friday to protest against the Arab world’s inaction.

“The Muslims and the Arabs have abandoned us ... but God is with us ... and our determination will carry us to victory,” the group said on its Facebook page.

Tanks hammered the Bab Tadmor, Bustan Al Diwane, Hamadiyeh and Al Safsafa neighborhoods of Homs on Friday.

Regime forces and rebels clashed in Idlib province with many wounded reported, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Before dawn, fighting broke out between regime forces and rebel fighters from the Free Syria Army in the towns of Harasta and in Damascus province, opposition activists said on Friday.

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