Lavrov says Russia sending observers to Syria.

2012-04-10 14:41:28

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Syria's foreign minister has said the government has already withdrawn some forces from several cities, and stated that the UN-brokered ceasefire must start at the same time as the deployment of international observers.

Following talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Walid Muallem said: "We have already withdrawn forces and army units from several Syrian provinces."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.

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