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Syrian govt: ‘We have begun troop withdrawal’

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 The Syrian foreign minister says the Assad regime has withdrawn troops from several provinces. The president has until the end of Tuesday to pull out all forces ahead of a planned ceasefire between conflicting sides.

­“We have already withdrawn some military forces from several Syrian provinces,” said Walid al-Moualem, following a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

He also demanded a guarantee from UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan that opposition forces would stand down and that a deployment of international monitors would coincide with the ceasefire.

Lavrov for his part said that he was convinced of the Syrian leadership’s commitment to the UN-brokered peace plan.

President Assad has until midnight Syrian time (21:00 GMT) to implement a full troop withdrawal. This will pave the way for Thursday’s planned ceasefire.

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