Muallem seeks ceasefire guarantees

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Live blog: Syria violence deadline

01:49pm

More comments coming in from the Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, who is in Moscow for talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Speaking at a press conference, Muallem demanded that Kofi Annan get guarantees from the armed opposition that they will put down their weapons, adding that they could not negotiate directly with the opposition.

"We will not ask the terrorist groups, which are killing, kidnapping and destroying infrastructure, for guarantees. We want Annan to give us these guarantees," he told reporters in Moscow.

Syrian state media reported Muallem as saying that the opposition had increased their attacks in the run-up to the deadline.

He also said that Annan told him in a recent telephone call that a ceasefire in the country would be followed by disarming of the rebels.

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 13:49

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