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SYRIA: Damascus considers the Annan proposals supported by the UN

The Syrian Government has responded to the six-point plan proposed by the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, who has invited Syrian President Assad to put his country’s commitments into immediate effect.

The goal of the plan is to bring an immediate end to all the violence and human rights violations; provide timely access to Syria for humanitarian aid; facilitate the democratic transition by creating a pluralist political system; intensify the pace and scale of release of persons detain arbitrarily or for political reasons; ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists; and respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

The former UN General Secretary has just visited Moscow and is now in Beijing to discuss the Syrian crisis. Russia recently gave its assent to a UN Security Council statement supporting Annan’s proposals.

Italy, as Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi has stated on several occasions, fully supports the work of the Special Envoy. The Syrian Government now needs to respect the commitments envisaged in the Plan, “the only road to a political solution of the Syrian crisis”.

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