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Syria Suggests That It Might Not Withdraw Forces by Deadline

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:40 PM EDT, Sun April 8, 2012

(CNN) -- Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have "armed terrorist groups" attack, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 69 deaths in the restive nation.

U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has said that he expects regime forces to withdraw its forces from urban areas by Tuesday, at which time rebel fighters would also adhere to a cease-fire as part of a peace plan he helped broker.

But Jihad Maqdisi, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, said that is a "wrong interpretation" of Syria's intentions, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

While insisting the Damascus government has acted in "good faith," Maqdisi put the onus on Annan for the peace plan to proceed -- saying the envoy "has not offered written guarantees to the Syrian

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  • I don't think any western country can have a say on civillian casualties. Syria should be left to its own devices. If it actually gets bad for general populace it'll be overthrown. People must have the will or it's back to square one.

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  • Of course the terrorists won't. They've got the 'how to fool the international community' manual from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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  • lol i think the US should just shut up if they dont meet deadlines cuz we're obviously pros at that ourselves.

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    • @cswartz The west always knew what he was going to do, that's why they are pushing the FSA harder, financing them, arming them through Qatar and the KSA.

      They want them to discredit the regime as much as possible, while at the same time get the media to jump on all of the misleading and bias reports from FSA with video cameras, which never tell the whole story, just paints a picture.

      Oh yeah, Saudi Arabia is in the top ten worst regimes, yet not even a word is muttered about them in Washington More..

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  • Noooooooo... Realy?!

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  • Really? Well that's a fucking surprise.

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  • Me thinks syria is fucked no matter what happens.

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  • Fuck these Pedo worshiping cunt's. Why should the West intervene just to help these primitive fucks turn it into another Islamic shit hole.
    At least Asaad is some what secular.

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  • No, it's the SNC and in turn FSA that are refusing the peace deal.

    It's as expected though, they will not stop until they have Assads head.

    What is he meant to do though? Listen to the Jihadists, step down and allow the Muslim brotherhood to take full control of the country?

    Nah, i don't think he would want that to happen, neither will the majority of Syrians.

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  • Let the rebel establish their bases in Turkey. LOL.

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  • It is obvious that the US wants the Syrian army to withdraw and the rebels to hold on to their positions and continue fighting. That is not peace, it is a trick.

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