Annan sets Syria peace deadline

A U.N. diplomat says international envoy Kofi Annan has set an April 10 deadline for full compliance with his six-point plan to end the yearlong violence in Syria.

The diplomat said the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy is willing to give President Bashar Assad's government a little more time to stop the violence. The diplomat listened to Annan's briefing to the U.N. Security Council on Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the briefing was closed.

Annan's plan to end the country's crisis includes an immediate daily two-hour halt to fighting so humanitarian aid can reach suffering civilians. It also calls for an immediate withdrawal of troops and heavy military equipment from populated areas, and an overall cease-fire so all parties can discuss a political solution.