April 12, 2012
A ceasefire for Syria proposed by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has taken effect at 6 a.m. local time to become the first truce since the country was hit by a wave of clashes between the army and rebels.
The Syrian National Council backed by the West, Turkey and Arab oil-producing monarchies earlier said that if the army would not stop attacks, neither would the opposition.
Having announced a ceasefire, Damascus stressed that the army remains on alert in case of new extremist attacks.
Speaking during the G8 meeting in Washington, Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described Annan`s plans as ‘realistic’, urging all nations to ensure its implementation in full.
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