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Amid Fresh Syrian Clashes, Annan Demands Ceasefire

Amid Fresh Syrian Clashes, Annan Demands Ceasefire



U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian government must immediately implement a cease-fire and stop its attacks on opposition groups, as fresh clashes broke out across the country on Friday.

Annan's spokesperson, Ahmad Fawzi, told reporters in Geneva that the "deadline is now" for President Bashar al-Assad to implement the six-point peace plan drawn up by the former U.N. chief. He did not specify what action, if any, would be taken if Assad did not comply.

Kofi Annan's Six-Point Peace Plan

A Syrian-led political process to address the aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people.

A U.N. supervised end to armed violence by all parties in Syria.

Timely humanitarian assistance in all areas affected by fighting.

Increasing the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained people.

Ensuring freedom of movement for journalists.

Respecting freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

Arab leaders at a Baghdad summit on Thursday endorsed the Syria peace plan and called for its immediate implementation.

Assad agreed to the peace plan on Tuesday, but government forces have not shown restraint.

Chatham House Middle East analyst Nadim Shehadi says Assad may have agreed to the peace plan as a stalling tactic.


"It's something that the regime can use to buy time and the regime can always blame the violence on others and the non-implementation on others and can always buy time by slowly implementing or seeming to implement but not really implementing," said Shehadi.



From VOA

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