Annan calls for 'immediate' Syria ceasefire
Annan says "deadline is now" for Syrian troops to halt their assaults, as diplomatic momentum is put at risk.
(AL JAZEERA) Geneva - Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League envoy, expects Syrian government forces to implement an immediate ceasefire as part of a peace plan to halt more than a year of violence, his spokesman has said.
"We expect him to implement this plan immediately. Clearly we have not seen a cessation of hostilities on the ground. This is our great concern," Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman, told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.
Annan will soon visit Iran, Syria's key regional ally, for talks on the crisis, although no date has been announced yet, Fawzi said.