Lavrov says Russia sending observers to Syria.Middle East
Russia will send envoys to Syria to control the implementation of Kofi Annan’s peace plan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a joint news conference with Syrian FM Walid Muallem.
Syria's foreign minister has said the government has already withdrawn some forces from several cities, and stated that the UN-brokered ceasefire must start at the same time as the deployment of international observers.
Following talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Walid Muallem said: "We have already withdrawn forces and army units from several Syrian provinces."
"International observers should immediately be sent to the region," Lavrov told a joint press conference with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem in Moscow.
According to World Bulletin Lavrov called on countries that were influential on Syrian opponents to convince the opponents to abide by the cease-fire.
The Russian foreign minister accused the Syrian administration of being late in implementing a plan by UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, and said the Syrian government could have been more active and determined to implement the peace plan.