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Annan says Syria efforts failing

2012-07-07 18:23

Beirut - Special UN envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged in an interview published on Saturday that the international community's efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed.

Annan also said that more attention needed to be paid to the role of long-time Syrian ally Iran, and that countries supporting military actors in the conflict were making the situation worse.

"The evidence shows that we have not succeeded," he told the French daily Le Monde.

Annan, the special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, is the architect of the most prominent international plan to end the crisis in Syria, which activists say has killed more than 14 000 people since March, 2011.

His six-point plan was to begin with a ceasefire in mid-April between government forces and rebels seeking to topple the regime of President Bashar Assad. But the truce never took hold, and now the almost 300 UN observers sent to monitor the ceasefire are confined to their hotels because of the escalating violence.

Activists reported more than 50 people killed on Saturday alone, after some 800 people last week.

Iran, Russia

Annan defended the unarmed observers, saying it was not their job to stop the violence, but to monitor the sides' adherence to the truce.

He offered few suggestions on how the plan could be salvaged, only saying that Iran "should be part of the solution" and that criticism too often focused on Russia, which has stood by the regime.

"Very few things are said about other countries that send arms and money and weigh on the situation on the ground," he said, without naming any specific countries.

It is unclear what role Annan envisions for Iran, a long-time Syrian ally that has stood by the regime throughout the uprising. Tehran's close ties could make it an interlocutor with the regime, though the US has often refused to let the Islamic Republic attend conferences about the Syria crisis.

Russia provides the Assad regime with most of its weapons. No countries are known to be arming the rebels, though some Gulf Arab states have spoken positively of doing so. The US and other Western nations have sent non-lethal aid, like communications equipment.

The Syrian uprising began in March, 2011, when people first took to the streets to call for political reforms. Since then, the government has waged a brutal crackdown, and many in the opposition have taken up arms, sidelining peaceful activists and changing the conflict into an armed insurgency.

Scores of independent rebel groups now operate in the country, regularly attacking regime bases and convoys.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-07 19:16

    Kofi Annan=======The most overrated diplomat ever !!!! The first lesson any diplomat learns; one CANNOT negotiate with a dictator!!! And most certainly not, if this dictator is also a TERRORIST !!! But one must not expect too much from this man, who in a March 2004, at a memorial conference at the UN, said the following; "" he realised he personally could have done more to rally support for international efforts.................."" He was referring to the slaughter of EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND AFRICANS in Rwanda in 1994 !!!!!!!!!!!!! YES.............800 000 Africans were MURDERED, while the world was making themselves richer , and the UN was as ineffective as it is today, with other words===USELESS At that time Anan was in charge of UN peacekeeping Forces !!

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-07-07 20:23

    what the hell is the UN really for ??? it has to be one of the most useless organizations on the face of the planet.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-08 05:13

    No surprises here. The neo-Communist Chinese regime is doing nothing. The neo-Soviet Russian regime is selling arms to Assad by the billions. Obama is more interested in winning a second term than helping the Syrian people free themselves from decades of oppression. Cameron is a blustering boy's-club Torrey with little real power. France has a new president. It's largely left to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Kofi has no real support. He hardly stands a chance.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-08 12:17

    Iran "should be part of the solution" I heard that the Iranians are a friend of Syria, why were the Persians not in that meeting (Friends of Syria)?. The US is truly a nation of foreign policy retards. Iran is a powerful player in the region and the west's knobheadedness and failure to appreciate this doesn't change this fact. Iran matters!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-08 12:48

      WRONG AGAIN !!! Exporters of terrorism, should not be invited to any international meetings! The ONLY reason Iran backs this assad terrorist, as they know damn well; they are next !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-08 13:07

      Since you are obviously seeking to be disingenuous, let's all remind ourselves that it is Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries that are sponsoring terrorists in Syria. Iran supports Hamas and Hezbollah because it regards them as legitimate resistance movements against Israeli occupation. It is greatly to Iran's credit that it has encouraged Hezbollah's resistance.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-08 14:20

      Because everyone who isn't blinding themselves with anti-West prejudices and dinosaurean poltical views knows that the Iranian regime has adjusted elections to stay in power, like Mugabe in Zimbabwe. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. The freer world is entirely correct to not legitimize illegitimate regimes that are the most oppressive on Earth. This of course escapes you, as your only agenda is the perpetual undermining of the West at any cost, even at the cost of human lives and freedoms. Western imperialims, western imperialisim, western imperialiasm ad nauseum. This is your only perspective.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-08 14:25

      All that radicals are good at is confusing an issue, bringing in Hamas and Hezbollah is plain idiocy. Syria is a nation under siege. by a family of scum and terrorists. Do you really think, a mother hiding under her bed with her kids, gives a damn about your rotten terrorist organisations. She is trying for herself and her kids to stay alive, hiding from these murderous assad terrorists, who at any given time, will come and kick her front door in, shoot them at close range, and if they don't die immediately, these DOGS will take out a butcher's knive and stab them till their blood shoots out of them . IT IS ONLY DISTURBED PEOPLE LIKE YOU, WHO WILL SUPPORT TERRORISTS !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-08 14:42

      @Anthony "Exporters of terrorism, should not be invited to any international meetings!" "All that radicals are good at is confusing an issue, bringing in Hamas and Hezbollah is plain idiocy." You are unashamedly stupid. Your only success is making yourself look a fool. Idiocy comes with all traces of self-awareness removed.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-08 14:51

      @Fred Your post is so boneheadedly stupid I don't even know where to start. I suspect to correct your errors I'd have to begin from teaching you basic English.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-08 14:56

      Fidel, Sorry, but you just don't have enough brain cells, to have any kind of discussion. The only matter your brain can handle, is spew out HATRED and BS. "Exporters of terrorism, should not be invited to any international meetings!" Exactly, one does NOT deal with terrorists, nor their supporters. Only an uneducted person will think different !!!

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