Government claims it has begun implementing plan

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01:07pm

Syria's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the government had started withdrawing troops in line with the peace plan.

Walid Muallem, speaking during a trip to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, said troops were withdrawing from cities.

"I told my Russian colleague of the steps Syria is taking to show its goodwill for the implementation of the Annan plan."

"We have already withdrawn military units from different Syrian provinces."

Muallem added that the ceasefire was being undermined by foreign states such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar who have committed to supporting the opposition.

"Turkey... supports illegal Syrian militant groups, supplies them with weapons... and lets them illegally cross into Syria. How can we (fulfill the plan) if there are still illegal arms deliveries and moving of militants from Turkey?"

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 13:07

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