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Syrian army moving into new areas

2012-04-10 17:44

Hatay - International peace mediator Kofi Annan said on Tuesday that the Syrian army was pulling out of some areas of the country, but moving into others.

"The Syrian military is withdrawing from some areas, but moving to others not previously targeted," Annan said at a news conference after visiting Syrian refugees in border camps in Turkey.

Earlier, Syria's foreign minister told Russia that Damascus had started withdrawing troops in line with Annan's peace plan, but Russia said the regime should implement the initiative more decisively.

The rare visit by veteran Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to Moscow coincided with a deadline under the Annan plan for Syria to withdraw forces from protest cities.

"I told my Russian colleague of the steps Syria is taking to show its goodwill for the implementation of the Annan plan," Muallem said after talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

"We have already withdrawn military units from different Syrian provinces," he said without giving details on locations.


Comments
  • Fred - 2012-04-10 19:09

    This is predictable. The Syrian people, who have been denied the basic human right to vote for 48 YEARS and are literally being butchered, and the freer world are being held up by the mafia-like Russian and self-centered Chinese regimes in the urgent need to stop Assad from his bloody crusade. The world must not wait any longer. It must act now. Only the threat of military action can stop him and save countless more lives.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 19:59

      Russia is selling arms to Assad and China won't get involved. More importantly, it is more than obvious Assad has no intention to stop until he has destroyed all opposition. Under such circumstances there's only one option: a real threat of military intervention by the rest of the world. Unfortunately it's the only way. Assad will have one more last chance to step down. He's a heartless cruel person who was well trained by his equally cruel and heartless father. All the while Syrian Muslim families are being butchered. It's hard to even write these words.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 20:11

      Russia and China are not peacekeepers. They have no experience doing this. They're autocrats.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 21:06

      This is where you really blow it. There's nothing to really discuss, with that ideology and demagoguery.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 21:42

      You're being stupid Patrick

      Fred - 2012-04-11 01:39

      You have a duplicitous mindset Patrick. This thread clearly shows this.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-10 19:55

    The Syrian Government has made a very reasonable request that the opposition agree in writing to ceasefire terms. If only because the opposition is very fractured and any statement by one faction will likely not be observed by any other factions. A written concensus would be a very good start.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 20:09

      An absolute delusional and almost laughable notion, were it not so tragically wrong. It's hard to believe you're still where you are on this Fidel. I would not want to be a member of your family. I'd be totally vulnerable, without protection from the evil that does exist in the world. I'm not speaking of religious evil here, real evil.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 21:07

      There's no insult there. You're reading it through immature, shame-based eyes.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 21:31

      You invert reality Patrick. For almost eleven months you allowed Assad to kill unarmed demonstrators, and came up with all manner of excuses: the West is behind the demonstrations, Al-Quaida is, Israel is, Assad's government is the legitimate authority of Syria even though no-one voted him into power. After 6,000 deaths, mostly by sniper fire, and tens of thousands of detentions, tortures and rapes, the demonstrators (read Syrian people) take up arms. You call on both sides to disarm. Assad keeps killing, ramps this up to open slaughter and butchery of Muslim families, anybody perceived to oppose him, continuing to show obvious intent to destroy all opposition. You and Fiddel call for both sides to disarm.

      Fidel - 2012-04-10 22:12

      @Fred I don't counter rhetoric. I recognize futility in conversing with you, so sue me that your head is stuck so far up your azz I would rather verbally insult you than to give you more respect than you deserve.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 22:32

      There's no rhetoric in what I've written

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