Syria’s foreign minister claimed that regime forces have begun withdrawing from some areas in compliance with Annan’s plan, which requires Syrian forces to pull back from towns and villages on Tuesday and both sides to cease all hostilities by 6 a.m. Thursday.
However, activists said Syrian forces carried out new attacks and that there were no signs of a withdrawal.
In a news conference in Hatay, Turkey, Annan insisted that his plan has not failed and that Syria still had time to comply.
"We still have time between now and the 12th (Thursday) to stop violence," he said. "I appeal to all, the government in the first place …" to halt fighting. He also said that violence must stop without conditions.
Annan said the U.N. Security Council would take up the issue later Tuesday.
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April 10, 2012 // 10:51 // 1 year ago