Syrian Army Seizes City Despite ´Peace Plan´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 03/28/12)
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Syrian Army troops have taken control of the central city of Kalat el-
Mudik after a 17-day assault, despite the government having allegedly
accepted a peace plan advanced by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan.
The force also invaded several villages in the area as well,
including a number across the border in Lebanon where Syrian rebels
and civilians had taken refuge.
President Bashar al-Assad was expected to announce an end to the
fighting shortly, the Syrian Dams Post reported Wednesday.
Western powers reacted skeptically to the Assad regime´s alleged
acceptance of the plan proposed by the former secretary-general of
the international body.
Annan´s six-point plan calls for Assad to withdraw troops and heavy
weapons from population centers and for a daily two-hour humanitarian
ceasefire on all sides, in all areas. The plan also calls for the
government to release all those detained in the uprising.
It is the first plan backed by the entire U.N. Security Council,
including Russia and China.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reserved judgment, saying at
a briefing Tuesday that Assad´s actions would speak for themselves.
"Given Assad´s history of over-promising and under-delivering, that
commitment must not be matched by immediate actions,” she told
reporters at a briefing. “If he is ready to bring this dark chapter
in Syria´s history to a close he can prove it by immediately ordering
regime forces to stop firing and begin withdrawing from populated
Clinton added that opposition forces, for their part, should “come
forward with a unified position, a vision of the kind of Syria they
are wishing to build.”
Late Tuesday fragmented opposition groups appeared to coalesce in a
meeting in Istanbul under the Syrian National Council as the official
representative of the Syrian people.
The U.N. has estimated that more than 9,000 civilians have died in
the civil war that has raged for more than a year, beginning- with
last year´s Arab Spring uprising. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/28/12)
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