Syria accepts UN plan to end bloodshed

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Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan sent Syria a 6-point proposal to end violence in the country

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MANILA, Philippines – The Syrian government has accepted the plan of UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan to end bloodshed in the country, US media reported Tuesday, March 27.

CNN broke the story that a spokesman for Annan said that Syria has accepted a plan to stop the violence in the country.

“He does of course view it as a positive development but the key is in the implementation,” Ahmad Fawzi told Agence France-Presse after Annan held talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing.

Annan, former UN secretary-general, arrived in Beijing Tuesday after a trip to Russia as part of efforts to rally support in helping end the bloodshed in Syria.

Annan has offered Syria a 6-point plan, supported by the UN Security Council, according to CNN. The proposal includes giving access to humanitarian agencies, beginning a dialogue with opposition groups, and releasing detainees, CNN quoted a UN statement as saying.

As early as Monday, Annan’s spokesman already said Syria has formally responded to the proposals.

Both China and Russia have major trade ties with Syria. Though they said they want violence to stop, they felt that the UN draft resolutions were not fair to Syria.

Annan has said change is inevitable in Syria.

“As I have told the parties on the ground, they cannot resist the transformational winds that are blowing. They have to accept that reforms have to come, change has to come, and that is the only way to deal with the situation,” he told reporters. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

 

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