Annan encouraged that Syria cease-fire holding

U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan listens to a

U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan listens to a question during a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, Iran. (April 11, 2012) (Credit: AP)

UNITED NATIONS - Kofi Annan says he is encouraged that the cease-fire in Syria appears to be holding and calls on the government and rebels to fully implement his peace plan.

He stressed in a statement issued before his closed-door briefing to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the plan includes military provisions requiring the withdrawal of troops and heavy military equipment from towns and cities and a commitment to move to a political process. Annan, a former U.N. secretary-general, is the international envoy on Syria.

Annan said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be asking the council to approve the deployment of a U.N. observer mission as soon as possible.

He said this would allow "a serious political dialogue" to be launched quickly addressing the Syrian people's concerns and aspirations.

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