BEIJING // International envoy Kofi Annan said today that Syria had accepted a UN peace proposal calling for a ceasefire but efforts had to be deployed to implement it.
On a two-day visit to Beijing, Mr Annan told the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, that he faced a long and difficult task in his mission to end fighting in Syria, but global cooperation with China and other countries was the only way to do it.
"I indicated that I had received a response from the Syrian government and will be making it public today, which is positive, and we hope to work with them to translate it into action," Mr Annan said after meeting Mr Wen.
"I have a six-point plan which the Security Council has endorsed, dealing with issues of political discussions, withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from population centres, humanitarian assistance being allowed in unimpeded, release of prisoners, freedom of movement and access to journalists to go in and out," he said. "So we will need to see how we move ahead and implement this agreement that they have accepted."
Meanwhile, Syrian troops advanced into north Lebanon, destroying farm buildings and clashing with Syrian rebels who had taken refuge there, residents said. Syrian television reported Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian president, was touring the Baba Amr neighbourhood in Homs.
Mr Annan called for Beijing's support and advice.
"And I know you've already been helpful but this is going to be a long difficult task and I am sure that together we can make a difference," Mr Annan told Mr Wen.