Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem that a cease fire should coincide with the arrival of international observers, speaking after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Tuesday.
Mouallem said that Syria has withdrawn some troops from some provinces in accordance with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's ceasefire plan, although accused opposition groups in the country of escalating the violence. He said Syria had asked Annan to open contacts with opposition groups and countries supporting them, and to report back to Damascus with their response.
While welcoming the idea of international observers, Mouallem said Syria wants to take part in their selection and to ensure they work under the auspices of Syrian sovereignty.
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