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Syria calls for deployment of int'l monitors
Syria calls for deployment of int'l monitors, says it has begun pullout from some cities
By The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) ' Syria's foreign minister says the government has begun withdrawing their forces from some Syrian cities.

Walid Muallemalso also said that the cease-fire must start simultanously with the deployment of the international observer mission.

Russia on Tuesday called on the opposition as well as countries that "influence them" to use their powers to bring about the cease-fire.



Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says after the meeting with Muallemalso that Syria's government "could have been more active and decisive" in implementing the peace plan.

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

MOSCOW (AP) ' Russia has called on the opposition as well as countries that "influence them" to use their powers to bring about a cease-fire in Syria.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday after a meeting with Syria's foreign policy chief that Syria's government "could have been more active and decisive" in implementing the peace plan.

He also called for a speedy deployment of international observers ' including Russians ' in the country.

Russia, along with China, has twice shielded its old ally Damascus from U.N. sanctions over Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on a yearlong uprising that has killed more than 9,000.

But Moscow has also staunchly supported Annan's cease-fire proposals, urging Assad to take the first step by withdrawing his forces from Syrian cities in line with the peace plan.


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