Syria scuttles peace plan with new demands

3:35 PM, Apr 8, 2012   |    comments
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BEIRUT (AP) - Activists say there may be more than 40 additional deaths today in Syria in continuing violence -- and it once again appears that no end is in sight.

The doubts that Syria's government would follow through on a pledge to abide by a cease-fire this week have proven to be well-founded, now that the government is raising new demands -- including one for a written guarantee that opposition fighters will lay down their weapons.

The country's main rebel group is rejecting that demand. The head of the rebel group says his people are ready to abide by a truce -- but that since it doesn't recognize the Assad regime, it "will not give guarantees."

A spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan isn't commenting on the setback. Annan hasn't said what will happen if the deadlines are ignored.






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