Syria accepts UN envoy's peace plan

BEIJING -- UN Special Rapporteur for Syria Kofi Annan has announced that official Damascus had agreed to his plan for ending the crisis and violence in that country.

Kofi Annan (file)
Kofi Annan (file)

The plan assumes that all parties will end violence in Syria, allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and free all those who are unlawfully detained.

Previously the plan was supported by China, which urged "all sides" in Syria to participate in the negotiating effort of the envoy for the UN envoy and the Arab League and Syria, Kofi Annan, who is currently visiting Beijing.

Annan is meeting today in Beijing with the Chinese Deputy foreign minister, while he is also scheduled to meet with PM Wen Jiabao.

Annan arrived in China after a visit to Moscow where his peace initiative received the support of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"We hope that all sides in Syria will be able to participate in the negotiating effort of Kofi Annan, in order to create conditions to find a political solution to the Syrian issue," said spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei.

He added that activities of the international community should contribute to reducing of tensions in Syria, promotion of political dialogue, resolving disputes and maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East.

According to new data of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, since March of last year when armed uprising was launched against President Bashar al-Assad, more than 9,100 people died.

On Tuesday, the Syrian opposition welcomed the government's willingness to accept Annan's six-point plan to end the bloodshed in the country.

Spokesman for the Syrian National Council Kodmani Basma told the AP that they "welcomed the adoption of any plan by the Syrian regime that would allow for an end to repression and bloodshed".