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Syria ceasefire is not negotiable

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

15:41, April 12, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A turning point in Syria's bloody crisis did not arrive on April 10 as expected. Violence in the country has worsened despite promises of a ceasefire.

According to a peace plan put forward by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, the Syrian government should withdraw its troops from cities and halt all violence in 48 hours after 6 a.m. on April 10 local time, and the rebels should halt hostilities within 48 hours of the withdrawal by government forces. The year-long conflict must end at 6 a.m. on April 12 local time.

All parties involved in the Syrian crisis must be clearly aware that Annan’ peace plan embodies the will of the international community to stop violence and restore order in the troubled country, and the ceasefire is not negotiable.

The Syrian government must take the initiative on the troop withdrawal and ceasefire, and the opposition must rigidly observe the ceasefire. Both sides must adopt a responsible attitude toward the Syrian people, and pay due respect to international mediation. Any side violating the peace plan will pay a heavy price, lose moral support, and suffer great external pressure. There is now no room for resolving the Syrian crisis by force, and any military action for seizing control of the situation will not be tolerated.

A complete ceasefire is the beginning and a key link of Annan’ peace plan, and is understandably hard to achieve. The Syrian crisis has lasted for more than a year, and caused heavy casualties. Violence has significant inertia, and vindictiveness, desperateness, and the loss of trust cannot only hinder the implementation of the ceasefire, but also reignite violence. However, all parties involved must implement the ceasefire with great courage no matter how hard it is. It has been proved that armed violence can only plunge Syria into an abyss of disaster.

The ceasefire is a precondition for the peace process, political negotiations, and a normal life for the Syrian people.

Given the complex situation in Syria, the international community should play an active and constructive role in restoring peace in the country, and be patient and give Annan more time to carry out the peace plan. It is the peace efforts of the international community that brought a glimmer of hope for peacefully resolving the Syrian crisis. For the time being, it would be impractical and irresponsible to discuss an alternative to Annan’s peace plan.

Read the Chinese version at http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2012-04/11/nw.D110000renmrb_20120411_1-03.htm

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Scarlett at 2012-04-14123.108.223.*
“Why do protesters in Syria have AK-47"s, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles and rocket propelled grenades ” that"s why the appeal of ceasefire can not come true. If it does, how can the weapons be sold?
Scarlett at 2012-04-14123.108.223.*
“Why do protesters in Syria have AK-47"s, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles and rocket propelled grenades ” that"s why the appeal of ceasefire can not come true. If it does, how can the weapons be sold?
Scarlett at 2012-04-14123.108.223.*
“Why do protesters in Syria have AK-47"s, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles and rocket propelled grenades ” that"s why the appeal of ceasefire can not come true. If it does, how can the weapons be sold?
John at 2012-04-14113.231.244.*
Assad is not going to give up power no matter how many Syrians die. Russia supports him and will veto any U.N. action that removes him or limits his power.
HuoQiao at 2012-04-1375.72.239.*
Every one knows how to stop things or say things to stop this mass, but the exact reason things didn"t stop is because the way they say things. It does not mean they don"t know how to say things, but because those things came with an evil intend that"s why things get worst.
  

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