Syria acceptance of plan positive – Annan

2012-03-27 16:00

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.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-03-27 16:24

    Any solution that doesn't involve the trial of Assad is a complete travesty of justice. But we'll see how long it takes before Assad claims "terrorists" broke the ceasefire and resumes his massacre... :/

  • Fred - 2012-03-27 16:48

    What are the other four points? UN supervised cease-fire, and humanitarian access, and ...

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-27 17:45

    A DICTATOR/TERRORIST will NEVER EVER negotiate his own departure. Only when this EVIL man an the rest of his corrupt violent family is gone, can true negotiations start !!!!!

  • Fidel - 2012-03-27 18:36

    Well done Mr Annan, a political dialogue is what China and Russia have been advocating for from the beginning, but the hawks, fresh from their successful regime change adventure in Libya thought that Syria would be a push over. "We hope Iraq will be the first domino and that Libya, "Syria" and Iran will follow. We don't like being kept out of markets because it gives our competitors (BRIC) an unfair advantage," John Gibson, chief executive of Halliburton's Energy Service Group, International Oil Daily 7th May of 2003 (less than 7 weeks after the invasion of Iraq)

      Fidel - 2012-03-27 20:20

      John Gibson-Halliburton-Dick Cheney- US vice presidency-Iraqi invasion-US foreign policy, and your limited brain is unable to think beyond your limitations. Moderator, stop binning my responses......

      Fidel - 2012-03-27 20:45

      Don't worry Patrick, personal insults only serve to concede defeat on the argument. Anthony is pretty good at pulling out some porkies to suit whatever argument he's trying to make. He generalised ad-hom replies, with no specific response to the question raised and no coherent argument about it, and so is forced to rely on attempts at ridicule and insults to try to cover that up. I on the other hand supply him with facts that he never tries to counter but instead resorts to the knee-jerk ad homs about racists and anti westerners.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-27 21:30

      @Fidel, The "facts" you supply me with , are sooooooooo boring !!! And judging from the rsponses you get, from your long stories, you bore just about anyone on this site. The only one who seems to be facinated with all this crap, is yourself!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-28 10:09

      These facts are boring to you because you suffer from "cognitive dissonance". "Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief." - Frantz Fanon

      Fred - 2012-03-28 16:46

      Fiedel, Patrick, your posts are among the most uninformed and delusional available on this site. Fact.

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