Annan: Syrian Govt. Endorses Peace Plan

Rebel Faction Official Rejects Talks, Insists Govt. Not Serious

UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has reported today that the Assad regime has agreed to his six-point peace plan, as was endorsed recently by the UN Security Council. The deal centers around a ceasefire and peace talks.

The deal is some progress for Annan’s initiative, but the Syrian National Council (SNC), one of the top rebel factions, followed up by again rejecting the plan, and insisting that Assad isn’t serious about the talks. SNC members have rejected the idea of talks on general principle in recent comments.

The US, which endorsed the plan at the UN Security Council back before the Assad regime agreed, is now officially “skeptical” of the deal, saying that they don’t believe the Assad regime’s agreement will mean anything.

This is the latest in a long line of attempted negotiated settlements, and while Russia has managed to get Assad on board in some of them, so far none of them have secured rebel support, and none of them have sparked any meaningful lull in fighting.

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