Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is under international pressure to call his troops and tanks back to their bases, a year into a popular revolt against his iron rule. But he warned the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan would not work without securing an end to foreign aid and arming of rebels opposing him.
The day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly agreed to UN envoy Kofi Annan's cease-fire plan, fighting continued in several cities.
The United Nations Security Council secured Russia's critical backing yesterday for a statement backing envoy Kofi Annan's peacemaking plan. The step marks a distinct shift in Russia's stance.