Syria’s government has agreed to accept the peace plan put forward by the United Nations and Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, his spokesman has said.
Annan’s six-point peace plan
1. Syrian-led political process to address the aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people
2. UN-supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians
3. All parties to ensure provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and implement a daily two-hour humanitarian pause
4. Authorities to intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons
5. Authorities to ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists
6. Authorities to respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully
In other developments:
- Clashes between Syrian security forces and armed rebels have spilled across the border with Lebanon, witnesses and Lebanese security officials say
- Syria’s opposition groups are meeting in Istanbul to try to achieve a more united front
- President Assad has visited former rebel stronghold Baba Amr in Homs
- Yakin Erturk has resigned from a UN panel investigating human rights abuses, citing lack of access to Syria
- Turkish Airlines is stopping flights to Syria after Turkey’s closure of its embassy in Damascus.