Annan: Ceasefire Deadline — 0600 on April 12 (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/06/12)
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-Top
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the Syrian government and rebels
on Thursday that the year-long conflict must end at 6am local time on
Annan told the 193-nation UN General Assembly by video link from
Geneva that he was urging "the government and the opposition
commanders to issue clear instructions so that the message reaches
across the country, down to the fighter and soldier at the local
“We must silence the tanks, helicopters, mortars, guns and stop all
other forms of violence too — sexual abuse, torture, executions,
abductions, destruction of homes, forced displacement and other
abuses, including of children.”
Annan addressed the assembly after the 15-nation Security Council
increased the pressure on Syria by unanimously adopting a so-
called "presidential statement" endorsing next week´s deadline and
warning Damascus of "further steps" if Syria did not meet the
deadline, which the Syrians have publicly accepted.
"The Security Council calls upon the Syrian government to implement
urgently and visibly its commitments ... to a) cease troop movements
towards population centers, b) cease all use of heavy weapons in such
centers, and c) begin pull back of military concentrations in and
around population centers," the statement said.
Annan said the Syrian government had told him it had started moving
troops out of Idlib, Zabadani and Daraa.
The April 12 deadline was conditioned on the Syrian government
beginning its withdrawal from population centers and quartering of
its troops on April 10, as pledged by President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Syrian troops launched a fierce assault on the Damascus
suburb of Douma, described by opposition activists it as "one of the
most violent attacks around the capital since the uprising began."
Witnesses told Al-Jazeera that snipers on some 20 buildings were
firing at "anything that moved" and residents had endured eight hours
of shelling. They said soldiers marched into a main square behind
detainees used as human shields.
Such reports have become commonplace in Syria in recent months as
Assad has intensified the bloody crackdown on the more than a year
long popular uprising against his 11 year autocratic rule.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP that at least 33
people, including 14 soldiers,were killed yesterday, 16 of them in
the city of Homs and 14 in Idlib province.
At least 92 were killed across Syria on Wednesday in assaults
launched by Assad´s forces. Reports also circulated Wednesday that
Syrian troops were firebombing the homes of opposition activists and
suspected rebel fighters across the country.
Amid the violence, a team led by Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood
arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to negotiate the possible deployment
of a UN team tasked with monitoring the ceasefire agreement between
Syrian government troops and rebel forces.
The UN is already asking member nations to contribute about 200 to
250 soldiers who would monitor a ceasefire, should it come into
effect. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/06/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY