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Russia urges Syria to step up Annan peace plan

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-10

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured) urged the Syrian government to be “more active and decisive” on Tuesday in implementing an internationally-brokered peace plan, while calling on opposition fighters to do the same.

REUTERS – Russia urged the Syrian government on Tuesday to act “more decisively” to implement international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan but also said foreign states should use their influence on opposition groups to press for an immediate ceasefire.

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem also said Monday that the army had “begun withdrawing forces from some cities” and called for the simultaneous deployment of international monitors.

“We told our Syrian colleague ... we think their actions could be more active, more decisive in regard to the fulfillment of the points of the plan,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a joint briefing after talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.

Lavrov said Moualem told him the government had begun implementing requirements regarding “the use of weapons” in Syrian cities and towns but did not specifically mention a withdrawal, which must begin on Tuesday under Annan’s plan.

He said Syrian opposition groups must also be committed to Annan’s plan and called on foreign states with influence on them to use it to promote an immediate ceasefire.

Date created : 2012-04-10

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