Russia says Syria fulfilling Annan’s peace plan
Syria has started fulfilling the cease-fire plan proposed by Kofi Annan, special representative of the UN and the Arab League (LAS), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today. Damascus has not requested guarantees of a cease-fire from opposition, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said, RIA Novosti reports.
Moscow says that Damascus could have shown more activity in fulfilling the plan. Lavrov said that Russia wants to send observers from the Golan Heights to monitor the cease-fire regime. He expects the UN secretary general to present proposals on the monitoring mechanism, as order by the UN Security Council.
The Russian foreign minister noted active cooperation with Syrian authorities. He emphasized that the cease-fire regime will allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army violated the Turkish border, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his visit to China, Trend reports.
Syrian troops opened fire at opposition members escaping to Turkey. Two Syrians were killed and 11 injured. One of the injured was a Turkish citizen working as a translator at Turkish camps for Syrian refugees. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had to cancel his flight to China, Trend reports.
Turkey has over 25,000 Syrian refugees in camps. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem condemned Turkey for supporting militants and demanded Ankara to follow Annan’s plan.