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US seeks quick action from Assad on peace plan
US waiting for action from Syria's Assad after reported progress on UN peace plan
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) must take quick action to convince the world he is serious about peace.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland cautiously welcomes reports that Syria has accepted a U.N. peace plan, saying it would be an "important step."

But Nuland says Assad must implement the plan immediately by "silencing his guns and allowing humanitarian aid to get in."

Fighting in Syria persists even after a spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan reported the acceptance of a six-point plan to end the bloodshed.

The U.N. says more than 9,000 people have died in a year of crackdowns.

The U.S. and its allies are skeptical of Assad's intentions. They say he has repeatedly reneged on reform pledges and no longer has legitimacy as a leader.

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