Annan decries 'atrocities' in Syria

Published April 8, 2012 11:18AM (EDT)

GENEVA (AP) — Kofi Annan, the joint U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria, has urged Syria's government to fully implement its commitment to a cease-fire and condemned "a surge in violence and atrocities" that is occurring there.

Annan said in a statement in Geneva on Sunday that the fighting is causing "alarming levels of casualties, refugees and displaced persons" and that it must stop.

Activists say Syrian troops are continuing their assault on restive regions, despite a plan that calls for government forces to withdraw from towns and villages by Tuesday, and for the regime and rebels to lay down their arms by 6 a.m. Thursday.

But Syria's government on Sunday appeared to be backtracking, demanding written guarantees from its foes to lay down their weapons before withdrawing its own troops.

By Salon Staff

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