The UN Security Council has given its formal backing to a deadline for peace in Syria put forward in Kofi Annan’s peace plan.
In accordance with the deal, a government ceasefire should happen on April 10, with an April 12 date set for the rebels.
Spokesman for Kofi Annan, Ahmad Fawzi said: “We are working with the opposition, all factions of the opposition, including the Free Syrian Army, both inside and outside of Syria. We are receiving positive signals from the opposition that once the government abides by the April 10 deadline, they too will lay down their arms.”
With the fighting ongoing, main opposition bloc, the Syrian National Council, is accusing President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out a “policy of genocide against the Syrian people”.
“The reality for the Syrian people on the ground is that the violence is continuing from the government side – killings continue, the burning of houses continues. The shelling of cities, villages, mosques and places of worship continues,” said Faruq Tayfur, a member of the Syrian National Council’s Executive Committee.
To negotiate a role in the ceasefire, a UN team has arrived in Damascus. UN member-countries are already being asked to contribute between 200-250 soldiers to help with the ceasefire.