Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is open to Annan’s plan, at least for show.
Former United Nations secretary-general and current U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that his bid to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his administration to accept a peace plan Annan proposed has been successful. Enacting it, however, is another matter. —KA
“I have a six-point plan which the Security Council has endorsed, dealing with issues of political discussions, withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from population centers, humanitarian assistance being allowed in unimpeded, release of prisoners, freedom of movement and access to journalists to go in and out,” he [Annan] said. “So we will need to see how we move ahead and implement this agreement that they have accepted.”
However, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, expressed skepticism about the development, saying it would be best to look for action, not words from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.