Syria OKS peace plan but blood­shed persists

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QAA, LE­BANON | Syria has ac­cepted a peace plan by U.N. en­voy Kofi An­nan that in­cludes a cease­fire by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment, but the blood­shed per­sisted Tues­day as in­tense clashes be­tween gov­ern­ment troops and rebels spilled across the bor­der into Le­banon, of­fi­cials said.

Syr­ian troops did not phys­i­cally cross the bor­der, ac­cord­ing to two Lebanese se­cu­rity of­fi­cials, but bul­lets whizzed across the fron­tier into a ru­ral, sparsely pop­u­lated area around the Lebanese vil­lage of Qaa.

The U.N. says more than 8,000 peo­ple have been killed in Syria’s up­ris­ing, which be­gan last March with mostly peace­ful protests against the regime.

A diplo­matic push to end the cri­sis has largely failed, but Ah­mad Fawzi, a spokesman for Mr. An­nan, said Tues­day that the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted the en­voy’s six-point plan to end the blood­shed. The plan in­cludes a cease-fire and in­clu­sive talks about a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion.

Syr­ian op­po­si­tion mem­bers re­acted with skep­ti­cism. group in­tends to es­ca­late or defuse ris­ing ten­sions with the na­tion’s other po­lit­i­cal play­ers.

The Brother­hood has emerged as the most pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal group since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year, cap­tur­ing nearly 50 per­cent of the seats in Egypt’s first post-up­ris­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Its in­creas­ing grip on power has fu­eled con­cerns among lib­er­als and sec­u­lar­ists of the Is­lamist group’s in­ten­tions and whether it aims to gov­ern alone, con­trol­ling both the par­lia­ment and the pres­i­dency.

More than 100 mem­bers of the Brother­hood’s se­nior leg­isla­tive coun­cil were meet­ing Tues­day to de­cide whether to field a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the group’s web­site.

For months, the Brother­hood pledged not to con­test the pres­i­dency, but of­fi­cials from the group re­cently re­con­sid­ered, open­ing the door to a pos­si­ble pres­i­den­tial run.

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