Syrian troops pull out of several provinces
The Syrian authorities told international envoy Kofi Annan they started pulling out troops from the country’s three provinces, including Dara’a, Idlib and Zabadani, Annan’s representative Ahmad Fawzi announced in Geneva today.
The troops are expected to be withdrawn from heavily populated areas by April 10, which will mark the beginning of a 48-hour ceasefire between the government forces and the opposition, Fawzi said.
According to Anna’s representative, UN member states were asked to dispatch their troops to oversee the truce implementation process. The troops are set to be deployed in Syria, starting April 10.
Syrian government confirms troop pullout
The Syrian government is pulling troops and hardware out of a number of areas, of which it has informed the UN special envoy Kofi Annan.
Mr. Annan’s spokesman Ahmed Fawzi said in Geneva on Thursday that by April 10, government troops were to be withdrawn from major cities, upon which a full ceasefire would be enacted within 48 hours under a peace plan put forward by Kofi Annan.
The plan also provides for the deployment of an international ceasefire monitoring mission and the beginning of an all-inclusive internal dialogue on Syria’s future.