Annan: Syria agrees April 10 peace plan deadline

Annan: Syria agrees April 10 peace plan deadline

Geneva : Switzerland | Apr 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM PDT
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Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said on Monday that the Syrian government has informed international mediator Kofi Annan that it is implementing a plan to withdraw all military units from towns by April 10, Reuters news reported.

The partial implementation of his plan would include a full cessation of hostilities within 48 hours of the deadline, diplomats at a closed briefing by Annan on Monday told AFP.

Earlier, international mediator Kofi Annan has set April 10 as deadline for full implementation of his plan to end the crisis in Syria as Annan wants to give the regime of President Bashar al-Assad a little bit more time to stop the violence, diplomatic sources at the UN told Reuters news.

The Annan plan calls for the cessation of all violence by all parties under UN supervision, the provision of humanitarian assistance to areas affected by fighting and the release of detainees.

Meanwhile, the United States is skeptical about the willingness of the Syrian regime to start implementing the Annan plan, said Monday the press officer of the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice. "We have seen promises made and then broken by the Syrian regime and the experience would lead us rather to be skeptical," said Ms. Rice. She added that Washington feared an escalation of violence in the coming days.

On Sunday, Foreign ministers from about 70 Western and Arab countries attending "Friends of the Syrian people"meeting in Istanbul, agreed to ask the UN to give Assad a deadline to cooperate with Annan's proposal.

The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, called on participants of "Friends of the Syrian people" meeting of Arab and Western nations to put more pressure on the Security Council to implement "binding" measures against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The Friends of the Syrian people is to recognize the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main opposition group, as the representative of the Syrian people and call upon all Syrian opponents to join this coalition.

However, the Chairman of the House intelligence committee said Sunday that there are no signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing his grip on power. The Syrian leadership believes “it is winning” against rebels trying to topple the government, Roger's added, citing classified US intelligence reports.

On the ground, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 70 people killed on Sunday, including 12 civilian victims of shelling and sniper fire in Homs.

19 soldiers and 12 rebels were killed in clashes, it said.

The United Nations says Syrian soldiers and security forces have killed more than 9,100 people dead since the uprising began in mid-March 2011.

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