Russia urges Syrian opposition to accept Annan plan

MOSCOW - Russia called on Syria's opposition on Wednesday to accept a peace plan put forward by UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan and urged foreign countries to press the foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad to comply.
Moscow, one of Assad's main remaining allies more than a year into an uprising against his rule, has repeatedly accused the Syrian opposition of blocking efforts to resolve the conflict.
Russia's foreign ministry said it was pleased to learn that Assad had accepted the peace plan, which calls for a ceasefire and withdrawal of government forces from cities and towns ahead of political dialogue.
"It is extremely important in this context for Syrian opposition groups to follow the example of Damascus and clearly declare their agreement with ... the peaceful resolution proposals of the UN-Arab League special envoy," it said in a statement.
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