Kofi Annan urges peace as Syrian peace deadline expires
The 10th April deadline for the U.N. backed peace plan has come and gone but the fighting has not stopped yet. The Syrian Army troops are still in the cities and the ceasefire has not been enforced. Peace envoy Kofi Annan has urged the Syrian government to halt the fighting and withdraw its troops in the next 48 hours.
Seize the opportunity
The Associated Press is reporting that in a letter to the U.N. Security Council Annan confirmed that Syria had not kept its promise. The Peace envoy also urged Syria to “seize the opportunity to make a fundamental change of course”. The new deadline is now set at 6 am Syrian time on 12th April. Annan also confirmed that the rebels are ready to enforce a ceasefire if the Army is withdrawn from the cities.
Week of terror
This last week has seen an escalation in violence as many argued that the Syrian government was trying to crush the rebellion before the deadline. Syrian activists have claimed that around a thousand people have been killed in the last week. On Tuesday alone there have been reports of 11 regime members killed and 29 civilian deaths.