Hopes For Ceasefire Dwindle With New Demands From Syria (video)

At least 100 people were killed in Syria on Saturday and 32 on Sunday, casting deep doubts that the Syrian government will carry out the terms of a ceasefire plan drawn up by Kofi Annan, special envoy from the United Nations and the Arab League. Syria is also demanding “written guarantees” from opposition fighters to stop fighting before it pulls back it troops.

These new demands, and the ongoing violence, have not been a surprise to opposition activists, who had been skeptical from the start about President Bashar al-Assad’s readiness to follow through on Annan’s six-point peace plan. According to the plan, there would be a “pullback of military concentrations in and around population centers” prior to a truce starting 48 hours later. At earlier points in the 13-month uprising, Assad has made similar promises for reforms that have turned out to be attempts to buy time and further divide the opposition. Many say that Annan was “naive and gullible” to think that Assad would actually implement a ceasefire, says the Guardian.

A spokesman for the Syrian foreign ministry, Jihad Makdissi, also demanded guarantees that the governments of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey would cease to fund armed groups. Col. Riad al-As’aad, the leader of the Free Syrian Army, said that he had not received any requests to send written guarantees to end the violence and predicted that the peace plan “will fail.” Analysts had said that Syria could not implement the plan as it would result in demonstrations throughout the country that the regime could not control.

Annan himself said that he was “shocked by recent reports of a surge in violence and atrocities in several towns and villages in Syria, resulting in alarming levels of casualties, refugees and displaced persons, in violation of assurances given to me.” The UN had said last Thursday that, if Syria did not follow Annan’s plan, it would take “further steps,” but what these might be are unclear as Russia and China have consistently refused any calls for Assad to step down.

Activists reported “mortar rounds falling like rain” in the rebel-held neighborhood of the central city of Homs, an opposition stronghold throughout the uprising. The BBC says that activist Tarek Badrakhan described bodies piling up in a makeshift hospital and attempts to keep them cold using a fan.

In his Easter blessing in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal for “an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community.”

This video uploaded by YasmeenRevo shows Christians and Muslims demonstrating in front of the second oldest church in the capital of Damascus on Easter.



Previous Care2 Coverage

Thousands of Syrians Flee to Turkey (Video)

Syria Agrees to Peace Proposal: More Stalling For Time?

Assad: “Terrorists” Must Go Before He’ll Follow Peace Plan

Image from a screenshot of a video uploaded by YasmeenRevo via YouTube

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Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Well said Bonnie. The American people need to send a messaget to Hillary and Obama to stop killing of the Christians in the name of the Brotherhood. Can you imagine Obama just hosted a meeting of the Brotherhood at the White House. They have taken an oath to kill all infidels and here we are treating them like kings.
Get out of Syria, get out of Libya, get out of Egypt (we just sent the brotherhood 1.5 billion dolllars) to help them buy bullets to kill Americans.

Bonnie D.
Bonnie Down3 years ago

Why should Syria hand their country over to the muslim Brotherhood too? Although it has been overrun by Islam it was still a secular and peaceful country. Why aren't people speaking the truth? It is the muslims yet again that are murdering the Christians and running them out of their own countries which they have invaded. They have been doing it for 1400 years and are still doing it. Why is this genocide being supported by Bro. Barack Obama? And worse stlll why does the United Nations support the Islamisation of the World and not go in to save the Christians. Wake up you people before it is too late. Where do you think all these radical, violent muslims come from?

John Duqesa
Past Member 3 years ago

Well, David E, inconveniently for you, no one has ever been found guilty of either bomb in Argentina and Hezbollah (nor Iran) did not claim responsibility. Furthermore, it would've been extremely stupid of the Islamic Republic to organise or support this operation as it would've stopped all nuclear cooperation between Iran and Argentina. These were most likely false flag operations designed to paint Muslims in a poor light. After all, the Zionist Entity has a record of these and do not care for the consequences of their actions on Diapora Jews.

As for the benefits of western civilisation, I live in a land that your undoubted mates Rob and Jay call an Islamist-ruled country.

Chad A.
Chad Anderson3 years ago

Let's pray and hope for peace while working to keep our government from unleashing the bombs. If there must be intervention, let it be under the flag of the Arab League and the UN.

David E.
David E.3 years ago

John D.

I agree with Marilyn L.

You forget that Iran supports world terrorism (bombing of the Jewish community building in Buenos Aires), deals with rogue nations like N. Korea, supplies weapons to private militias (like Hizbollah) within sovereign states (like Lebanon), and has a very poor human rights record (women, homosexuals, etc).

You seem to have what is called a post-colonial complex - anything Western is bad and non-Western nations can do whatever they want and not do anything bad or immoral since whatever they do is the fault of the West. And.. you probably enjoy the fruits of Western civilization.

P.S. this isn't a "crap site" as you put it. You just do not know how to use it. If your message doesn't appear immediately, do not resend it, just wait a while. I know you will blame the West for it, but it is a Western product and you seem to make use of it. How about being consistent and boycott it.

John Duqesa
Past Member 3 years ago

Poor Marilyn L

Looks like no one's bothering to agree with you.

Ron B.
Ron B.3 years ago

I wonder which Middle Eastern country the war profiteering military industrial complex is planning to attack next to fulfill it's promise of perpetual warfare? Syria? Iran? Or will it surprise us with something different this time?

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

Very sad....

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago

John D says,
"For heaven's sake, try to read something other than propaganda."

Don't you all think he should take his own advice.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

If Obama and Hillary had not kept encouraging the brotherhood to upset the legitimate goverments there would be thousands of innocents alive today. We should not have bombed or shelled Libya, we should not have provided weapons to the insurgents in Egypt and we should not be threatening Syria. Has the US Government gone crazy, trying to over throw all the secular governments in the Middle East and for what? Now Obama is providing 1.5 billion dollars to the Brotherhood in Egypt the same Brotherhood that has vowed to kill all the infidels, that is you and I if you are not sure of infidels.