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UN sources: Annan proposed cease-fire in Syria

Monday, March 19, 2012

Laaska News Mar. 19, 2012

UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan made cease-fire and other proposals to Syria during his recent visit to the country.

The former UN secretary-general made the proposals when he met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on March 10th and 11th in an attempt to end the country’s violent crackdown on anti-government protestors.

UN sources say Annan called for a 2-hour cease-fire daily to make humanitarian assistance possible, and for Syria to accept a UN team to monitor the cease-fire. He also reportedly proposed a ban on use of heavy firearms.

Syria has so far agreed to accept UN experts. Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters on Friday that his country is cooperating with Annan.

How far President Assad will allow Annan’s ideas to be implemented remains to be seen.

In the UN Security Council, Western nations are pushing for a new resolution to support Annan’s efforts. The countries are expected to step up negotiations with Russia and China, which have twice vetoed resolutions condemning Syria’s repression.
Monday, March 19, 2012


Laaska News.