Syria says it will comply with peace plan, but reserves right to defend itself

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Kofi Annan and press spokesman Ahmad Fawzi

Syria says it will abide by a peace deal, but reserved the right to respond to any attacks, according to the Joint Special Envoy.

Kofi Annan says he received a letter Wednesday from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria informing him of the decision "to cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6 a.m. Damascus time 12 April… while reserving the right to respond proportionately to any attacks carried out by armed terrorist groups against civilians, Government forces or public and private property."

Mr. Annan has said that if Syria does not comply, there could be serious repercussions in the region.

"”The geopolitical location of Syria is such that any miscalculation and error can have unimaginable consequences.”

Mr. Annan made the comments in Tehran where he is meeting with Iranian officials in the hopes of getting them to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toward peace.

The Special Envoy said Syria had wanted assurances that the opposition will abide by the 12 April deadline.

"If everyone respects it I think by 6 in the morning on Thursday the 12th, we should see a much improved situation on the ground.”

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