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article imageSyrian peace deal may be in jeopardy

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By Paul Iddon
Apr 8, 2012 in Politics
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The six point peace plan and ceasefire deadline put forth by the United Nations may not take any effect as the Syrian regime steps up its assaults on the opposition and issues new demands.
Reports from BBC News, Huffington Post and TIME indicate that recent events in Syria and the converging interests and demands of both the Syrian government the opposition may result in the proposed UN peace plan and ceasefire deadline failing to have any effect to alleviate the violent situation in the country.
The commander of the Free Syrian Army Colonel Riad al-Asaad has stated that will cease fighting if the government forces did too, but stated that he believed this proposed UN-brokered ceasefire will fail.
The Syrian National Council has stated that it believes the new demands being made by the Syrian government were nothing more than a ploy by the President Assad to avoid abiding by the peace plan. They were issued just 48 hours before the deadline for the regimes armed forces to withdraw from the towns and cities where they are presently slugging it out with the entrenched rebel forces.
These engagements have already resulted in the killing of scores of civilians.
A Free Syrian Army spokesman stated that they will follow the proposed ceasefire however they have made clear they will pick up their arms again and fight Assad's forces if they fire upon them.
"We have given our word that if the regime commits to the plan then we will too, we are honest."
"The regime will not implement this plan. This plan will fail."
-- Col. Riad al-Asaad
Mr. Annan has stated today that "the present escalation of violence," was unacceptable.
Dozens of people have been killed and wounded today from shelling by government attacks in the province of Idib near the border with Turkey. In Homs Assad's forces have fired mortars into the neighborhood of Khalidiyeh where rebel forces are present.
One activist was quoted as stating that the "mortar rounds" fired by Assad's forces "are falling like rain."
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