In the last few minutes Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister has announced that Syria will cooperate with the UN Resolution demanding a full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
This afternoon Syrian troops have started pulling back into the Bekka valley (border region). When the troop movement is complete, it will mean that all 14,000 Syrian troops are next to the border.
Today’s annoucement is significant because it came from the Foreign Ministry – its considered one of the most influencial. It’s led by Farouq Ash-Shara’a (below), a hang-over from the iron-fist rule of Hafez Al-Assad.
Previous promises of a Lebanese withdrawal had come from the Syrian reformers like President Bashar Al-Assad. But the source of today’s announcement adds extra credibility to the Syrian plan.