April 11th, 2012
03:50 AM ET

Annan optimistic of cease-fire amid new shelling in Syria

Shelling and rocket fire erupted in Syria on Wednesday as international envoy Kofi Annan held out hope that government forces and the opposition will meet a looming deadline to end all hostilities.

Annan said a cease-fire can still be reached by Thursday, when a peace plan he brokered calls for the government and the opposition to lay down their weapons. The deadline expires at 6 a.m. Syrian time (11 p.m. ET Wednesday).

Syria's self-imposed deadline to pull back government forces came and went Tuesday as attacks continued nationwide, sparking condemnation against the regime.

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  1. banasy©

    Our friend leeintulsa passed away last night.
    He was only 44.
    My heart goes out to his children, and to his gf Kelly.
    He will be greatly missed here.
    He was one of the good guys.

    April 11, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ringo

    Wow,Kofi.I don't mind confessing a certain about of admiration for you to a point,but frankly,I think you're somewhat clueless in your dealings with an individual like Assad.John Q.Public may not have been privy to the diplomatic dance you did with Assad,but we watched that interview he did with Barbara Walters in which he claimed he was not in charge of his country's military.In that case Kofi,your attempts to broker a ceasefire was wasted,since presumably the military is doing most of the killing!!At any rate,the Arab/Muslim world seems to have a marked propensity for settling their issues with violence,so...we'll see,Kofi.

    April 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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