Syria peace deal may be in danger

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Kofi Annan

With the deadline looming for Syria to pull its troops out of civilian areas, the peace deal looks like it may be in trouble.

The UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan had brokered a 10 April deal with a 48 hour window for a complete cessation of hostilities on both sides.

His spokesman Ahmad Fawzi says the special envoy has been in touch with the Syrian government and his team has been speaking with the opposition, in an effort to secure implementation of the agreement, but Mr. Annan is shocked the violence is continuing.

"He is shocked by recent reports of a surge in violence and atrocities in several towns and villages in Syria, resulting in alarming levels of casualties, refugees and displaced persons, in violation of assurances given to Mr. Annan."

Mr. Annan heads to Iran this week for talks with the government there to try and help mend the Syrian peace deal.

He will also visit a refugee camp in Turkey that has been taking in Syrians fleeing the violence.

The UN estimates 9,000 people have died since the uprising in Syria began.

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