The ceasefire between the government and rebels in Syria, mediated by the planned UN envoy Kofi Annanand Arab League, came into effect at 6 am Thursday . At the moment there are no signs of fighting. Government troops have left the cities, however, as they should do since Tuesday, according to the plan.
Meanwhile , Before Annan, the Iranian government re-emphasized the need to allow time for the Asad to put up the stale political reforms that never come to Damascus but never tires of referring. Russia, another close ally of Syria, was quick yesterday to offer his interpretation of the evolution of the crisis. For Moscow, the ball is now
in the hands of the opposition, as made known Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov.
The Syrian promise came after days of intense diplomatic activity and off-color remarks by several Western countries, they say mistrust of the words of Syrian President. "Bashar Assad has lied to Kofi Annan," he said yesterday the French foreign ministerAlain Juppe.
Just over a year of military campaigns which Damascus has striven to crush the opposition have a balance leftover 9,000 dead, according to UN count. The repression, along with fears that fighting between pro-government and armed rebel groups end up in civil war, has led to intense diplomatic activity so far has offered no tangible results beyond the good words.