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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 - 9:38
UN Council urges Syria to meet ceasefire deadline
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The UN Security Council called on President Bashar al-Assad to keep a Thursday deadline for a complete ceasefire in the Syria conflict.

In a statement read by US ambassador Susan Rice, the council backed a demand by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan for the Syrian government to make a "fundamental change of course" to end hostilities by 6:00 am Damascus time on Thursday.

After Annan appealed for new UN backing, Security Council members expressed "deep concern" at the Syrian government's failure to withdraw troops and guns from cities and "stressed the importance that the parties meet the deadline of April 12th.

Rice said Council members also "underscored" Annan's statement that "the Syrian leadership should now seize the opportunity to make a fundamental change of course.

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