The Syrian government has accepted U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's plan to forge peace and end violence in the volatile nation, Annan's spokesman said Tuesday.

Annan is urging the Syrian government "to put its commitments into immediate effect." Annan's six-point plan was the cornerstone of a presidential statement endorsed last week by the U.N. Security Council.

"Mr. Annan views this as an important initial step," spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.