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Guns silent in Syria, but truce terms not fully met says Annan

The first day of the United Nations brokered ceasefire in Syria has held. There was no bombardment by Syrian forces.  However, U.N. envoy Kofi Annan says by failing to withdraw its troops and heavy weapons, Syria has not fully complied with the peace plan. ITV's Neil Connery has been monitoring the ceasefire from neighboring Beirut.

Updated 1:40 p.m. ET: Syria has not fully complied with the terms of a peace plan, U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council on Thursday as a fragile cease-fire appeared to be holding.

Annan urged the 15-nation body to demand the withdrawal of troops and heavy weapons from towns, according to an official who was present.

Aside from a shooting at a checkpoint in Hama, Syrian troops held their fire in the hours after a U.N.-backed cease-fire took effect at dawn on Thursday, casting a silence over rebellious towns they had bombarded heavily in recent days.

Annan told council members that Syria's fragile truce needs support and called for the swift deployment of a first wave of unarmed observers to monitor implementation of his six-point peace plan, to be followed by a second wave of observers later, diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

A UN-brokered truce is keeping the guns silent in Syria - so far. ITN's Paul Davis reports.

The former U.N. secretary-general said earlier in a statement that "Syria is experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground," adding that it "must be sustained."

"The Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will be asking the Security Council for approval of the deployment of a U.N. Observer Mission as soon as possible," Annan said in a statement.

"This will allow us to move quickly to launch a serious political dialogue that will address the concerns and aspirations of the Syrian people," he said.

Annan has called for 200 to 250 unarmed U.N.-mandated observers to monitor the ceasefire. The Security Council is due to meet later on Thursday to discuss a draft resolution to approve the monitoring mission.

"We hope that even tomorrow we might adopt a Security Council resolution on the deployment of that advance group of monitors," Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

"The full-fledged mission will take some time to deploy ... If we are able to put 20 or 30 monitors (there) early next week, very good. If we are able to put more in the next few days that's even better," he said.

Annan's six-point plan calls for a cease-fire by Syrian armed forces and rebels and dialogue between the government and opposition aimed at a "political transition" for the country.

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