Syria says revolt has ended, but troops remain

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi appeared on Syria TV late on Friday to declare that the “battle to topple the state is over.”

More than 9,000 people have been killed in the struggle to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and it does not appear that the killing will abate despite Assad “agreeing” to a peace plan proposed by UN envoy Kofi Annan.

Makdessi said the Syrian forces will not withdraw first, instead, he maintained that the occupying troops were needed to ensure the safety of civilians.

“The Syrian army is not happy to be present in residential areas,” Makdessi said late Friday. “Once peace and security prevail in these areas, the army will not stay nor wait for Kofi Annan to leave. This is a Syrian matter.”

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