The agreement reached at Saturday at a conference on the crisis in Syria of major powers in Geneva marks a "shift" in the positions of Syrian allies China and Russia, Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman for Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League joint special envoy to Syria, told reporters on Tuesday (July 3rd).
Fawzi, said the agreement on a possible political transition in Syria was "quite an accomplishment".
However, a complete halt to the violence is vital for any kind of political negotiations, he said.
Fawzi's comments came soon after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said foreign arms deliveries to both Syrian opposition and regime forces are helping sustain the violence.
Both sides are guilty of "serious" rights violations, including attacks on hospitals, Pillay said. Meanwhile, the Russian foreign ministry downplayed the achievements claimed by Annan.
"Unfortunately […] some Western participants have started in their public statements to distort the agreements that were reached" in Geneva, said foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
Also on Tuesday, the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) pulled out of a conference of main Syrian opposition groups in Egypt, referencing political "disputes," according to a statement.
The two-day, Arab League-sponsored conference opened Monday in Cairo so Syrian opposition groups could craft a common vision.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 48 people were killed in clashes across the country, bringing the death toll to more than 120 over the past two days.
Syrian troops pounded several opposition-held districts in the central city of Homs as the death toll mounted across the country, the Observatory said.