Violence continues in Syria despite promise of ceasefire

According to CNN, the violence has continued in Syria despite the announcement from UN special envoy Kofi Annan that the Syrian president has agreed to a ceasefire begining on April 10.

Syrian activist groups have reported violence instigated by the government in the provinces of Homs, Idlib, the Damascus countryside and Deir Ezzor, leaving at least 48 people dead.

This renewed violence ensues amidst al-Assad’s agreement that a ceasefire will occur and Annan’s six-point plan to halt the bloodshed will begin.

The six-point plan calls for a Syrian-led end to the crisis. It also calls for authorities to pull their troops from and stop using heavy weapons in populated areas. It also calls for a ceasefire between the opposition group and government security forces.

A U.N. advance peacekeeping team is currently on its way to Damascus to discuss deploying observers to monitor the ceasefire. They should arrive by Thursday, according to the article.

related article: Business Week

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There have been some that are hesitant to trust al-Assad’s promise for a ceasefire, and I definitely think their hesitancy is justified. If he truly wanted a ceasefire and for this violence to end, he would not be bombarding cities with bullets and bloodshed today (or yesterday). He would be starting to pull his troops from populated areas and doing other acts that prove that he means what he has announced. However, he is doing NOTHING of the sort.

As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.” And there is nothing truer. Promising something is easy. It is following through that is hard and shows character. When his actions begin to correspond with his words, then we can begin to trust him. But until then, I would be hesitant about if a ceasefire will really come about on April 10.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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