Syrian ceasefire deadline arrives – no violence reported

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  1. Son of Govinda

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    Syrian ceasefire deadline arrives – no violence reported — RT

    The deadline for Syria’s UN-brokered ceasefire aimed at curtailing the conflict has arrived with no immediate reports of violence. However, doubts have been voiced on the international stage whether the regime and the rebels can keep to the truce.

    The Syrian government told UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan that regime troops would cease fighting at 03:00 GMT on Thursday morning. UN spokesman Ahmad Fawsi says the Assad regime reserves “the right to respond proportionately to any attacks.”
    Likewise rebel groups have said they will retaliate to any regime provocation.

    The Syrian Defense Ministry announced the ceasefire on state television on Wednesday, but neglected to mention the withdrawal of regime troops from urban areas stipulated in envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

    Syria’s government stated that it had begun the gradual pullout of its forces from “certain provinces” on Tuesday.

    Activists from the Syrian opposition say that they have seen no sign of tanks and security forces withdrawing from urban centers.
    Meanwhile, the international community has doubted the Assad regime’s commitment to maintaining the ceasefire.

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the government’s promise to halt violence had “little or no credibility.”
    "The burden remains squarely on the Syrian regime and not the opposition in the first instance to meet its obligations in full and visibly under the Annan plan," Rice told reporters on Thursday

    Russia which has defended the Assad’s regime’s legitimacy on the international stage urged the Syrian opposition to follow suit and keep to the ceasefire. Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia was holding talks with the opposition to push for a truce but emphasized “some of our international partners tell them different things and prevent the opposition from making any concessions – this is wrong.”
    US secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to meet with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov this Thursday in Washington at a G8 foreign ministers’ summit where the Syrian conflict is expected to take center stage.

    Kofi Annan will also brief the UN Security Council on his assessment of the conflict situation.

    The UN estimates 9,000 people have been killed since the anti-Assad uprising began in March of last year.
     
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    RT is Russian fox news bullshit opportunistic propaganda
    bad source !!!
     
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    RT can be bias yeah, but this particular article is completely impartial. If something about the article seems bias or partial to you, point it out and I'll add a new source.
     
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    my basic problem is that no one knows what relay happens in Syria
    all international news organizations are banned
    we get salfi rebel propaganda on the one side
    and government sponsored propaganda on the other side

    no one knows what is going on we are all guessing there is no proof off anything
     
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    If you do a quick search of "Syria" in google news, you'll see that there are 8102 other articles reporting the same thing. News is news whether you choose to accept it or not.
     
  7. The Messiah

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    logic would dictate reality is somewhere between the two.

    and the west is peddling the rebels propaganda.
     

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