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Syria army to withdraw from cities 'once secure'

01 april 2012, 10:08
Members of the rebel 'Free Syrian Army'. ©AFP
Members of the rebel 'Free Syrian Army'. ©AFP
The Syrian army will withdraw from urban areas "once peace and security prevail," foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi said in comments carried by state media on Saturday, AFP reports.

"The presence of the Syrian Arab army in Syrian cities is for defensive purposes (so) as to protect the civilians," Makdisi was quoted as saying by the official SANA news agency.

"Once peace and security prevail, the army is to pull out," he added.

The declaration was made in an interview originally carried on Syrian television.

The spokesman said the withdrawal would take place without prior agreements, indicating that Damascus rejected the idea of a negotiated ceasefire as demanded by the international community.

Syrian opposition factions meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday called on President Bashar al-Assad to immediately withdraw tanks from the streets to prove he is serious about accepting a proposal by international peace envoy Kofi Annan aimed at ending the crisis.

The Syrian army, deployed heavily across the country, is far superior in terms of numbers and firepower than the rebel fighters, and has bombarded pockets of resistance in cities such as Homs and Idlib, with devastating consequences.

Annan on Friday urged Assad to immediately implement a ceasefire after the embattled president said he had accepted the UN-Arab League envoy's peace plan.

The unrest that has swept Syria since anti-regime protests first erupted in March last year have cost more than 9,000 lives, according to the United Nations, most of them civilians.

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