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Annan: No preconditions for end to Syria violence
Kofi Annan says Syrian violence must end with no preconditions
By The Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) ' International envoy Kofi Annan says the bloodshed in Syria must end without any preconditions.

Annan spoke during a news conference in Turkey.

Tuesday marks a deadline for Syrian troops to begin withdrawing from Syrian cities, but activists say there is no sign of that happening.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ' Turkey's deputy prime minister says Syrian forces do not appear to be complying with the cease-fire and are continuing their attacks, especially in the towns of Aleppo, Idlib and Homs.

Besir Atalay said Turkey relayed concerns to visiting U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday that the Syrian regime might just be "trying to win time." He says the U.N. Security Council should intervene to stop the violence if the bloodshed continues.

Annan met with Syrian refugees at a Turkish camp in the southern province of Hatay. Atalay announced the number of refugees in Turkey as 24,600.


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