US doubts Syrian ceasefire plan
12 April 2012, 06:33
New York - The US envoy to the United
Nations said on Wednesday that even if Syria keeps to a promised
ceasefire it will not be enough to comply with the peace plan of UN-Arab
League envoy Kofi Annan.
Syria's promise to Annan "is not and
cannot in our judgement be construed as compliance" with the Annan peace
plan, ambassador Susan Rice told reporters. She added that Syria's
commitments "have little if any credibility" because of past broken
Syria has announced that it will respect a ceasefire from Thursday 03:00 GMT as called for by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
it has reserved the right to "respond proportionately to any attacks
carried out by armed terrorist groups against civilians, government
forces or public and private property", Annan's spokesperson said.
the pledge, the United States and its European allies are doubtful that
President Bashar al-Assad will end the conflict that the UN says has
left more than 9 000 dead in the past 13 months.
Syria has already failed to keep a Tuesday deadline to withdraw its troops and heavy guns from population centres.
is still raging as we speak reflecting what has been an intensification
of the violence the Syrian government has pursued since April 1 when it
committed to cease all hostile action," Rice said.
commitments therefore have little, if any, credibility... given that
track record. We will await with interest the Syrian regime's posture
tomorrow [Thursday] ," the envoy added.
Annan is to brief the Security Council on Thursday on Syria's compliance with the six point plan agreed to by Assad.