Turkey threatens Syria
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,