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Implement peace plan, Assad told

30 March 2012, 14:05

Geneva - The international envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, expects President Bashar Assad to implement his peace plan immediately, the former UN chief's spokesperson said on Friday.

"We expect him to implement this plan immediately. Clearly we have not seen a cessation of hostilities on the ground. This is our great concern," the spokesperson said, adding that the "deadline is now" for the Syrian regime to cease all violence.

Assad has vowed to work to make a success of the six-point peace plan drawn up by the UN-Arab League envoy, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Thursday.

The plan calls for a commitment to stop all armed violence, a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire, media access to all areas affected by the fighting, an inclusive Syrian-led political process, a right to demonstrate, and release of arbitrarily detained people.

"It's imperative that the killings stop and the human rights abuses stop and the violence stops," said Annan's spokesperson.

"I can't tell you what the next steps will be if they don't stop now," he said, adding however that Annan was due to brief the UN Security Council on Monday and "we will take it from there."

Annan is also working to convince the Syrian opposition to "lay down their arms and start talking", the spokesman.



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