Syria cease-fire holding, but tanks remain in civilian areas

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The cease-fire in Syria remains in place although heavy weaponry was still present in many residential areas, according to the joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

Mr. Annan says the withdrawal of armored vehicles from residential areas is part of the cease-fire agreement and needs to be implemented. He also says Syrian authorities must respect the citizens’  freedom of association and participation in peaceful demonstrations,  but Mr. Annan is also appealing to Syrians to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to dialogue.

Ahamd Fawzi is the spokesperson for the special envoy.

"We are worried about the operational deployment of heavy armor in population centers. They do not belong there. And we are working with the government and with the opposition for a full cessation of violence in all its forms. We are thankful that there is no heavy shelling; that the numbers of casualties is dropping and the numbers of refugees crossing the border is also dropping. We are under no illusion that we have come to the end of this conflict.  This is only the beginning of a long road towards reconciling and towards building the future that Syrians aspire to."  (Duration 41″)

In accord with the peace plan, up to 74 media organizations have been granted visas to enter the country.

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