Kofi Annan’s proposal to stop the bloodshed in Syria has been accepted, the United Nations–Arab League envoy has cautioned its six-point plan to achieve the peace. Over 9,100 people have perished as president Bashar al-Assad regime cracks down on protests.
The agreement urges a UN-supervised halt to the fighting, since residents and local security sources indicated that Syrian troops had crossed the border into Lebanon, firing grenades and machine guns at Syrian rebels who sought refugee there.
As Damascus gave the news of acceptance, Syrian opposition factions met for a second day in Istanbul to agree on common objectives for their nation’s future, prior to a weekend international conference regarding the issue. (AV)