Syria acceptance of plan positive – Annan
Beijing – The UN special envoy Kofi Annan said on Tuesday Syria's acceptance of his plan to end violence in the strife-torn country was "positive" but implementation was key to its success, his spokesperson said.
"He does of course view it as a positive development but the key is in the implementation," Ahmad Fawzi told AFP after Annan held talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing.
Fawzi said earlier Damascus had accepted Annan's six-point plan aimed at ending bloodshed in Syria, where monitors say more than 9 100 people have been killed as President Bashar Assad's regime cracks down on protests.
"The Syrian government has written to the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan accepting his six-point plan, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council," he said in a statement.
"Mr Annan views this as an important initial step that could bring an end to the violence and the bloodshed, provide aid to the suffering, and create an environment conducive to a political dialogue that would fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people," he said.
Annan's plan calls for a UN-supervised halt to fighting, with the government pulling troops and heavy weapons out of protest cities, a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire and access to all areas affected by the fighting.
He has also urged the release of people detained over the past year of the uprising against Assad's regime.
The announcement of Syria's acceptance came after Annan met with Wen on a visit to China aimed at shoring up support for his mediation efforts, after travelling to Russia. Both countries have voiced their full backing.
China and Russia are allies of Syria and drew international criticism earlier this year for blocking a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria's deadly crackdown on protests.
Their support for Annan's plan is seen as crucial, since both are permanent members of the powerful UN Security Council.