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Syrian rebels refuse to give regime guarantees

The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army has refused a regime demand for a `written guarantee` to end fighting.



Beirut: The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army has refused a regime demand for a `written guarantee` to end fighting.

Col. Riad al-Asaad`s comments come hours after Syria demanded "written guarantees" that its opponents will lay down their weapons before the government withdraws its troops from cities, derailing a UN-brokered truce that was supposed to start in two days.

Al-Asaad said Sunday that his group does not recognize President Bashar Assad`s regime and for that reason they will not give guarantees.

Al-Asaad said by telephone from Turkey that if the regime abides by UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan`s six-point plan to end the violence, his group will cease fire.

He said the government should withdraw its forces to bases and remove checkpoints from streets.

Bureau Report

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