Obama, Sarkozy say Syria regime not fully implementing Annan’s plan

Obama, Sarkozy say Syria regime not fully implementing Annan’s plan
# 12 April 2012 22:41 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy believed that the Syrian regime has not fully implemented the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan, White House said Thursday, APA reports.

"The president and President Sarkozy condemned the violence perpetrated by the regime against its own people and noted that the regime had yet to fully implement the agreement negotiated with Kofi Annan pursuant to the Annan plan," said White House spokesman Jay Carney at a briefing.

The two leaders, during a video conference earlier in the day, called for a full implementation of Annan’s plan, Carney told reporters, adding that the international community would judge the Syrian regime by "its actions and not its words."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that the situation in Syria "looks calmer" as of Thursday afternoon, the first day of UN-mediated ceasefire in Syria.

The two leaders also hoped that Iran would take advantage of the upcoming nuclear talks to address the international community’ s concerns about its disputed nuclear program, Carney continued, referring to the talks between Iran and the six world powers scheduled to be held in Turkey’s Istanbul Saturday.

The two agreed to "continue increasing the pressure on the Iranian regime through sanctions and other measures if Tehran remains unresponsive," he noted.

Obama and Sarkozy also agreed to continue their consultations about the tightness in global oil markets, Carney said.
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