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article imageSyrian opposition rejects last minute demand made by regime

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By Paul Iddon
Apr 9, 2012 in Politics
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The Syrian opposition has refused to make written guarantees to end attacks as the ceasefire date outlined by the United Nations peace plan approaches.
Fears that Mr. Annan's peace plan may be in jeopardy have been realized today as just 48 hours before the deadline for the two warring sides to come to a ceasefire the Syrian opposition have refused to make any written guarantees that were demanded by the Syrian regime at the last minute BBC News, Ah Ahram and News.com.au report.
The Free Syrian Army have stated they will abide by the UN-Arab League and the six point peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan but they refuse to follow any demands from the government which they see as illegitimate which states the Free Syrian Army's Col Riyad al-Asaad is the "reason we will not give guarantees."
180 people have been killed over the weekend according to activists as violence drastically increased over the weekend in the run up to the ceasefire date.
The ceasefire is come into effect tomorrow and it is to see to Syrian troops pulling back from population centres that it is currently shelling or engaged with rebel fighters in, these clashes have seen predominantly civilians who are caught in the crossfire between the two warring sides killed in scores.
The Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Mr. Jihad Makdissi has stated:
"Syria has a plan for military pullback already in place and being implemented, but completing and achieving the main goal would definitely require the guarantees from the other side and those supporting them."
Mr. Annan has repeatably called over the weekend for the Syrian government to abide by its commitments and called the escalation of violence "unacceptable" and has further added that:
"This is time a time when we must all urgently work towards a full cessation of hostilities, providing the space for humanitarian access and creating the conditions for a political process."
Before visiting Tehran to promote his peace plan to the ruling Iranian regime Mr. Annan will be traveling briefly to the Turkish border to meet Syrian refuges.
Six members of the Syrian security forces have been killed in clashes near the Turkish border so far today, Damascus claims that 2,000 of its security personnel have been killed by "armed gangs" since the uprising began.
The United Nations states that 9,000 people have been killed since this uprising began more than a year ago.
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