The UN Security Council gives the Syrian authorities two days to end military operations

The UN Security Council gives the Syrian authorities two days to end military operations
# 11 April 2012 01:23 (UTC +04:00)
According to APA’s Turkish Bureau, during his visit to the camp of refugees in the Syrian Turkish city of Hatay, Annan said that the term given to Damascus on an unconditional cessation of hostilities 6:00 expire on April 12.
At a press conference held after a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bashir Atalaya, Annan said that first of all parties should cease fire, military units must return to the place of permanent deployment.

"Now the most important thing to achieve a cessation of violence. Then, all parties should sit at the negotiating table. I urge the Syrian authorities and the opposition to a cease-fire", - he said.

Annan said that he was poisoned by the UN Security Council a letter that detailed the situation in the region and took place on the Syrian-Turkish border events.

In the message released the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the Syrian authorities did not meet its April 5 UN Security Council and Arab League Annan’s plan for the unconditional cessation of violence. Recently, the Syrian government forces attack on civilians near the Syrian-Turkish border was regular. Subjected to fire, even a refugee camp in Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed the situation in Syria and the events with the head of the U.S. Department of State Hillary Clinton and a number of Heads of European countries.

During his visit to China, Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan said that the Syrian troops crossed the Turkish border. It was quite obvious. While consultations are underway with neighboring countries. After that, we will take appropriate steps, he said.

Note that after the statement Annan that the Syrian authorities do not intend to meet its obligations, the White House announced plans to hold consultations with allies about next steps with regard to Damascus.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said that while there is nothing that indicated the intention of the Syrian authorities to fulfill the obligation. According to him, shelling of refugees on the Turkish territory means that Syria does not recognize Turkey’s territorial integrity.

After the caucus the UN Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the meeting discussed the letter to Annan. She read a statement which expressed support for the previously formulated by the UN special envoy of Kofi Annan and Arab League request to the parties to the conflict to cease fire April 12.

Members of the UN Security Council expressed concern about not following the Annan plan and the fact that over the last 10 days of violence in Syria has intensified.

”We reiterated the importance of all parties to the conflict in Syria, which consisted of 6 points of the Annan Plan. Allotted, two days on the implementation of the plan are the latest available. We do not believe that the Syrian government wants early implementation of the commitments. The use of force is very important step. This question should not be delayed on the background of the nomination of the new conditions”, - she said.

Annan’s plan for overcoming the crisis in Syria provides for the implementation of the government and the opposition a number of obligations, in particular, the cessation of armed violence by all parties under the effective control of a special mechanism of UN humanitarian assistance to victims and launch an inclusive political dialogue.

Note that the April 10 meeting with Syrian counterpart, Foreign Minister Yuri Lavrov received assurances from the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on the early implementation of the official plan of Damascus Kofi Annan’s special envoy to resolve the crisis in the country. Walid Moallem said that Damascus would like to receive guarantees the fulfillment of obligations by the opposition.

Recall that on April 10, during the incident near the Syrian-Turkish border clashes Syrian government and the opposition forces were injured, who were on Turkish territory two Turkish citizen and two Syrians. The Syrian army opened fire on the Syrians, who were trying to move to Turkish side. As a result of the incident two people were killed and 20 wounded.