News is breaking that Damascus has accepted the 6-point peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan. Hopes are that the bloodshed in the country will now cease.
RT reports that a spokesman for the UN envoy to Syria has announced that Assad's government in Damascus has now accepted the plan put forward by Kofi Annan.
Annan is praising Damascus for the acceptance of the 6-point plan and says that this is a positive step towards ending the current violence in the country. The Chinese government and Moscow also back the plan.
Digital Journal recently reported that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had offered Kofi Annan his full support in his peace mission in Syria and that this could be "Syria's last chance to avoid a prolonged and bloody" civil war.
Annan has met twice with Assad recently, demanding that the Syrian government and the opposition end violence in populated areas.
According to the UN, over 8,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted over a year ago.
Assad has responded to Annan saying that "Syria is ready to make a success of any honest effort to find a solution for the events it is witnessing." He did however say that he cannot stop protecting his citizens.
Assad further said that "No political dialogue or political activity can succeed while there are armed terrorist groups operating and spreading chaos and instability.”
The 6-point plan includes a ceasefire by Syrian forces, talks to search for a political solution to this crisis and a daily 2-hour halt in fighting to provide humanitarian aid.