Annan says Syria violence 'unacceptable,' breaks guarantees

GENEVA - International mediator Kofi Annan said on Sunday an "unacceptable" escalation in violence in Syria violated guarantees made to him and called on the government to keep its promises to end the bloodshed.
The special envoy for the United Nations and Arab League urged both Syrian forces and opposition fighters to halt all forms of violence by 6:00 a.m. Damascus time on Thurs. April 12, in line with his peace plan.
"As we get closer to the Tuesday 10 April deadline, I remind the Syrian Government of the need for full implementation of its commitments and stress that the present escalation of violence is unacceptable," Annan said, referring to the deadline accepted by President Bashar Assad's government for Syrian troops and heavy weaponry to withdraw from towns.
"I am in constant contact with the Syrian Government and ask all States with influence on the parties to use it now to ensure an end to the bloodshed and the beginning of dialogue," he said.
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