Syria declares it has defeated those seeking to bring down the regime

Syria has declared that it has defeated those seeking to bring down the regime while reiterating support for UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan. 

The Foreign ministry added that troops will withdraw from urban areas once the areas have been stabilised.

Mr Annan appealed for an immediate ceasefire yesterday, as monitors said at least 39 people were killed across Syria as security forces sought to crush the popular uprising.

His peace plan calls for a commitment to stop all armed violence, a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire and media access to all areas affected by the fighting.