Annan’s Syria peace plan

2012-04-09 13:18

The six-point plan to stop the crisis in Syria brokered by UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is due to take effect tomorrow with a Syrian army ceasefire.

Under the plan, government troops must have left all large towns by then.

Opposition forces must in turn cease fire by Thursday.

Syria accepted the plan by April 2. But Syrian forces continued their assault on opposition-held areas Friday, attacks Annan condemned as a violation of the UN Security Council’s endorsement of the plan.

Attacks continued through the weekend and into today.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government said yesterday its forces would not withdraw from protest hubs without written guarantees from rebel forces.

Here are the six points in Annan’s plan:
» Inclusive political process – A commitment to work with Annan towards an inclusive Syrian-led political process, as well as a commitment to appoint an empowered interlocutor when invited to do so by Annan.

» Halt all fighting – A commitment to stop all armed violence, including the use of heavy weapons, pulling back troops, and stopping troop movements toward populated areas.

Similar pledges would be sought from the opposition, while a UN monitoring mechanism would be set up to ensure a sustained ceasefire.

» Humanitarian aid truce – An agreement to implement a daily two-hour truce to allow aid to be brought to all areas affected by the fighting.

» Arbitrarily detained – An agreement to release arbitrarily detained people, including those held for peaceful political activities.

» Freedom for journalists
– An agreement to ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists and a non-discriminatory visa policy for them.

» Right to demonstrate
– An agreement to respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

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