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    Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

    U.N.-Arab League Syria Envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Monday that the Syrian government has agreed to begin withdrawing its troops from towns and cities and will complete its military pullback by April 10.

    Kofi Annan briefed the 15-nation Security Council via a video link from Geneva during a closed meeting. Afterwards, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, who holds the council’s rotating presidency this month, told reporters that Annan reported on the Syrian pledge to implement the cessation of hostilities.

    “Mr. Annan reported that the Syrian foreign minister sent him a letter yesterday in which he said the Syrian military will begin immediately -- and by April 10 will complete -- the cessation of all forward deployment and use of heavy weapons and will complete its withdrawal from population centers," said Rice.

    Rice added that the opposition fighters would then be expected to stop fighting within 48 hours of the April 10 deadline. She said Annan told the council that he wished the deadline would have been sooner than April 10, but he urged the Syrian government to start immediately and ensure that its forces move no further into population centers.

    The U.S. ambassador said Annan is expecting further details from the Syrian government on other aspects of his six point plan, including on humanitarian access, access for the media and the political process.

    Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters his government is committed to the success of Mr. Annan’s mission and that he hoped the other parties would cooperate.



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    I'm glad they finally got some **** figured out in Syria. Hopefully this will go all as smoothly as possible. Only thing that worries me is that Syrian gov forces get 10 days to continue to do what they do...
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    Re: Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

    I'll believe it when I see it. I'm very skeptical about whether or not the six-point plan will actually be adhered to. It's one of those "or else what?" situations.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

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    Re: Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

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    I'm glad they finally got some **** figured out in Syria. Hopefully this will go all as smoothly as possible. Only thing that worries me is that Syrian gov forces get 10 days to continue to do what they do...
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    This is sort of similar to the Germans pulling out of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1944. Eventually you just run out of people to kill.

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    Re: Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

    Of course a ceasefire is great news.

    But it doesn't solve the problem. I just don't see Assad stepping down and I don't see the opposition accepting an Assad-led government anymore. I expect the violence will resume once this impasse becomes more apparent.

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    Re: Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

    Assad already agreed once to cease military ops and didn't. There isn't enough pressure on him to bother listening anyway. Russia is shielding him. The only way he'll stop is if his military objectives are already met.
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    Re: Envoy: Syria to Cease Military Operations by April 10

    Just 8 more days of merciless slaughter with a ceasefire that's likely to be broken, I'm sure everything will be fine.

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