UN Council agrees on Syria peace statement

2012-03-21 17:51

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded that Syria "immediately" implements a peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and gave a veiled warning of international action.

Following intense negotiations between the major powers, Russia and China signed up to a Western-drafted text which calls on President Bashar Assad to work toward a cessation of hostilities and a democratic transition.

The presidential statement, which carries less weight than a formal resolution, gives strong backing to Annan and the six-point plan he put to Assad in talks in Damascus earlier this month.

It says the 15-nation body will consider "further steps" if Assad fails to carry out the Annan plan.

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 pause to hostilities and access to all areas affected by the fighting.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-21 18:35

    After 9100 (NINE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED) deaths, mainly UNARMED opposition members, Russia and China slowly start to realize that this assad is a MASS MURDERER !!!!!!!

  • Fred - 2012-03-21 19:15

    We're taking baby-steps because of the intransigence of the Russian regime, and the self-alienation of Chinese regime. All the while Assad is using Syria's own army to slaughter Syrians and hold onto unelected power.

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-22 06:58

    I am glad to see the "special" people who support the murder of innocent children finally displaying their hypocrisy on a Butcher of Damascus story.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 16:07

      Alexander, clearly you have run out of things to say and are now just reaching for anything to try and prove a point that is not there to be proven. Russia, together with China, have the worst human rights records of any country on Earth. TENS OF MILLIONS OF citizens killed by your regimes, and among the darkest forms of government ever devised by humankind. Everyone with an education knows this. Instead of trying to distract people dishonestly, how about growing a pair and standing up for what's right. Putin and his neo-Soviet gang are selling arms to Assad while telling him to stop killing. Does this make sense to you?

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