Turkey says Annan plan not implemented

Turkey says Annan plan not implemented
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he doesn't think United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's six-point plan has been implemented in Syria so far, Today's Zaman reported.

"There is a six-point plan in the open presented by Annan. I do not think this six-point plan has been implemented. There is nothing like this out there," Erdoğan told a news conference in the Turkish capital. He added that Turkey has been supporting Annan from the outset.

A fragile cease-fire brokered by the UN took hold in Syria on Thursday with regime forces apparently halting widespread attacks on the opposition. But scattered violence was reported and the government defied demands to pull troops back to barracks.

Annan told the UN Security Council that he was "encouraged" that the truce appeared to be holding but warned the Syrian regime has failed to implement key demands such as withdrawing troops and heavy weapons from cities and towns.

He urged the 15-nation Council to demand that President Bashar Assad's government keep its promises and called for the speedy deployment of an observer mission, according to UN diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Annan's briefing was behind closed doors.

Erdoğan also called on Syrian authorities to withdraw troops from the cities and residential areas. He said Turkey wants to see Syrian people living in peace in their country.

He responded to those who ask why Turkey is talking that much regarding Syria saying that Turkey shares 911-km border with Syria and that there are nearly 25,000 refugees Turkey is hosting, most of whom have fled to Turkey recently.

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