The BBC is reporting that Syria has agreed to a UN-sponsored peace plan put forward by former Secretary General Kofi Annan, even as reports of violence continue to flow out of the restive cities of Homs and Idlib. Syria has allegedly agreed to start implementing the six-point plan on April 10.
If the regime of President Bashar al-Assad follows through on this commitment, Syria will soon let international observers in to help maintain a ceasefire and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. News that Damascus has agreed to the plan come one day after a group of more than 70 countries agreed to supply Syria’s rebel forces with millions of dollars, and communications equipment at a “Friends of the Syrian People” meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. “If Assad continues as he has, to fail to end the violence, to institute a cease-fire, to withdraw his troops from the areas he has been battering … then it’s unlikely he is going to ever agree,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the meeting, quoted by the Associated Press.
The UN estimates that over 9,000 civilians have been killed in Syria during the government’s violent, year-long crack down on protesters.