The Syrian government says it will begin withdrawing its troops from civilian areas in line with the peace plan drawn by the joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan.
The troop withdrawal is to start in the cities of Daraa, Idlib and Zabadani.
A complete troop withdrawal is expected to be completed by April 10, to be followed by a 48 hour period of complete cessation of violence and hostilities by both government and opposition forces.
The special envoy has proposed the deployment of a UN mandated mission to supervise and monitor the cessation of fighting.
Ahmad Fawzi is a spokesperson for the joint UN and Arab League Envoy on Syria.
Mr Annan is today expected to brief the UN General Assembly on the progress of his mission in Syria.
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