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14.04.2012  |  01:13

Syrian forces have put into effect the agreed upon cease-fire, according to the plan of the Special Envoy of the UN, Kofi Annan. However, Turkey has threatened to use its participation in the NATO alliance to launch a war against Syria.

Syrian forces respect ceasefire, Turkey threatens NATOPrensa LatinaSyrian forces have put into effect the agreed upon cease-fire, according to the plan of the Special Envoy of the UN, Kofi Annan.  However, Turkey has threatened to use its participation in the NATO alliance to launch a war against Syria. Although tinged with anti-Syria suspicions, Western and Arab media recognize that there were no incidents after the 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT), according to reporta from suspected militants in the provinces of Homs, Hama and Idleb.  In Damascus, the day dawned sunny, but cool and calm. The Syrian Ministry of Defense announced yesterday that their forces would put a hold on today's military operations, but said troops would remain on alert to respond to any attack or action on the part of armed terrorist groups, which the UN was well informed of by Annan. Annan, who now reports to the Security Council on the development of his proposal, did stipulate the need for all parties to comply with the ceasefire in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need, and before it can begin to provide dialogue. Before leaving Tehran last night, where he met with the authorities of that country, Annan stated that "the political process should be led by the Syrians and should respect the aspirations of the Syrian people." The major emphasis "is that governments in the region cooperate with Syria in order to solve the crisis" and warned that, "Syria's geopolitical position is such that any miscalculation can have unimaginable consequences." With respect to information that some governments, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States are financing, arming and equipping the Syrian opposition, the UN envoy said that "any militarization will be disastrous." "If all parties respect the ceasefire, then we can see improvement in conditions on the ground," said the former UN Secretary General. However, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

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fueled the confrontation by threatening to invoke Article V of the NATO Charter for this military alliance to launch its military power against the neighboring country in case of any alleged raid by Syrian troops on the border, reported the Turkish newspaper, Today's Zaman. Turkish observers of the meeting for this publication indicated that if there were an attack on the demarcation line between Turkey and Syria, members of NATO could take action to assist their ally, if attacked. Erdogan's threat takes place after an alleged border incident reported in the Turkish province of Hatay, and that Damascus did not say anything. Although in today's edition, Today's Zaman changed the version of events.  On Tuesday, it recognized, like other media, the inaccuracy of theTurkish version, that the incident stemmed from an armed group attacking a checkpoint on Turkish territory at the border with Syria and killed several soldiers, who found it necessary to answer the fire. In thr exchange, several of the attackers were wounded and four others also have been identified at this time as two Turks and two Syrian refugees, according to the description of the facts by the Turkish press on Tuesday. In its now changed version, Today's Zaman on Thursday indicates that Syrian troops killed four persons when they fired at armed "refugee" attackers fleeing their country for Turkey. "NATO has a responsibility to protect the borders of Turkey," said Erdogan and threatened that Turkey can officially ask for action from this military alliance, with the application of Article V of their Charter, which states an attack on one or some of its members will be considered an aggression against all. Analysts in Damascus warned that this could be the last resort to be used, that is to say the preparation and assembly of a border provocation by opponents of Syria due to the impossibility of using the UN Security Council and armed groups to reach their objectives.  They now find themselves obliged to comply with the Annan planTranslated from the Portuguese version by: Lisa KarpovaPravda.Ru.



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