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Syria records 1,300 violations by "terrorists" of UN-led truce


08:05, April 27, 2012

DAMASCUS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Minister of Information Adnan Mahmoud announced Thursday that a total of 1,300 violations of the UN-backed cease fire have been committed by armed groups since the truce went into effect on April 12, state-run SANA news agency reported.

The cease-fire is part of a six-point peace plan brokered by Arab League (AL), UN joint envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.

The plan, widely backed by the international community, calls for the withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from population centers, a daily halt in fighting for the delivery of humanitarian aid and treatment for the wounded, as well as talks between the government and opposition.

Mahmoud said armed groups have ramped up their crimes, kidnappings and assassinations since the activation of the cease- fire, adding that Syria, through its foreign minister, has notified Annan of the violations in a number of messages.

The minister, meanwhile, said his country has abided by Annan's plan, stressing that the halt of violence requires an even-handed and transparent observation as well as stopping the armed groups' violations.

Mahmoud reserved Syria's rights to retaliate against any violation and aggression.

"We wait for Annan to exert real efforts, of which results could be felt on ground," the minister said.

The information minister highlighted the "two massacres" committed over the past 24 hours in central Hama province and the Damascus suburb of Arabeen by armed groups, in which at least 20 people were killed.

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