Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy on Syria, on Tuesday said there is still time for his ceasefire plan to work.
He had earlier visited refugee camps close to the Turkish-Syria border, where an estimated 25,000 people are living.
Annan said that all parties in the conflict should respect Thursday’s deadline to end the fighting for the sake of the Syrian people.
“This has gone on for too long and it’s time for the violence to stop. It’s time that we stop the guns, it’s time that the military went back to their barracks,” Annan told reporters.
Another 20,000 Syrians escaped to Lebanon and some of them doubt whether the former UN secretary-general’s efforts will succeed.
Mohammed Kassem fled his home country last year. He thinks the Annan plan is “empty talk” and blames Damascus’ allies for allowing the crisis to drag on.
“We should thank Russia and China as well for the killing of Syrian people,” he said.