Annan Plan Unraveling As Fighting Continues (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/09/12)
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A six-point peace plan for Syria brokered by UN-Arab League envoy
Kofi Annan looked ready to unravel on Monday.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad´s army and opposition forces locked
horns in a war of words over Annan´s proposed troop withdrawal as
reports of new atrocities emerged.
Reports continue to emerge Syrian troops beating and burning people
to death, as well as summary executions of wounded rebel fighters and
According to rights activists, at least 85 of those killed Monday
were not involved in fighting, including women and children.
Originally, Syria had agreed to the plan laid out by Mr Annan, the
former United Nations secretary-general, in which troops and tanks
were to be withdrawn by today, with a ceasefire to take effect 48
However, Syria´s Foreign Ministry on Monday added new demands for
written guarantees from opposition fighters that they will lay down
their arms before troops are withdrawn.
The Syrian National Council responded saying it would provide written
assurance of a ceasefire, but commanders of the Free Syrian Army said
they would only negotiate with international mediators and not
Al-Jazeera television reported clashes last night between the Free
Syrian Army and troops loyal to the president near Eazaz on the
Human rights activists reported six Syrian officers were killed in
battles on the Turkish border, and that eight defecting soldiers were
wounded before they crossed into Turkey.
Syrian forces also fired across the border at protesters in a refugee
camp in Turkey, in the first such attack since Turkey began
sheltering thousands of refugees last summer.
Two refugees and one Turkish citizen, a translator, were wounded
inside the camp near the town of Kilis in south-western Gaziantep
province, a Turkish official said.
Turkey has lodged a formal complaint with Syria´s government and
demand the fire across its border end immediately.
International analysts say Assad is aware the week position of
opposition fighters gives Annan and his international backers little
leverage as he presses forward with the brutal year-long crackdown
that has claimed at least 9,100 lives.
Meanwile, a Human Rights Watch report released yesterday catalogued
details of more than 100 executions, many of them in the past month.
It gives details of the involvement of Syrian forces and pro-
government shabeeha militias in summary and extrajudicial executions
in Idlib and Homs.
´´They are doing it in broad daylight and in front of witnesses,
evidently not concerned about any accountability for their crime,´´ a
researcher at Human Rights Watch, Ole Solvang, said.
Human Rights Watch has urged the UN Security Council to refer the
situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has already gone on record saying
there is ample evidence to prosecute Assad at the International
Criminal Court for war crimes. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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