April 13, 2012
Efforts to build on a “very fragile” Syrian ceasefire are accelerating, with detailed plans to deploy UN observers within days being drawn up to keep up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad for a peaceful outcome to the bloodiest chapter of the Arab spring.
Kofi Annan, the international envoy, has told the UN security council that a truce was being partially observed, though the regime and the opposition accused each other of breaching it in the first hours after it began at 6am.
Annan, representing the UN and the Arab League, said the Syrian government had not withdrawn its troops, tanks and heavy weapons from cities as it was supposed to do 48 hours before Thursday’s truce came into effect.
“Syria is experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground,” he said in a statement.
This article was posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:32 am