Annan horrified by new Syria massacre

2012-06-07 18:33

New York - International envoy Kofi Annan expressed "horror" on Thursday at the latest massacre in Syria and called for President Bashar al-Assad to face "consequences" for the worsening conflict.

Annan told the UN General Assembly that the Syrian crisis was worsening and warned that without a dramatic change, "the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence and even all-out civil war."

The meeting was dominated by reports of the massacre in the Syrian village of Al-Kubeir in the Hama region, as the charred bodies of women and children lay scattered in houses across farmland in the small Sunni enclave in central Syria after pro-regime militiamen allegedly carried out the attack on Wednesday.

Annan said he wanted to express "horror and condemnation at the fact that a new massacre of tens of civilians including children and women was perpetrated".

Peace plan

"Those responsible for perpetrating these crimes must be held to account. We cannot allow mass killing to become part of everyday reality in Syria," Annan told the 193-nation body.
Annan called for stronger international action to back his six-point peace plan, which President Bashar al-Assad has so far failed to carry out.

He said the international community had united behind the peace plan, "but it now must take that unity to a new level."

"We must find the will and the common ground to act - and act as one," he said. "Individual actions or interventions will not resolve the crisis. As we demand compliance with international law and the six-point plan, it must be made clear that there will be consequences if compliance is not forthcoming."

  • Freddie - 2012-06-07 18:53

    Someone please smart bomb this son of a bitch before more innocent women and children are killed.

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-07 19:58

      Patrick... I am sure he was talking about Syria Pres. and not Kofi. REALLY!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-06-07 19:01

    wow old koffie continually expresses horror at everything,the un are a useless bunch of fools,they only get involved in countrys where they can benefit, as for the rest they mearly express horror

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:51

      The UN is only as strong as its members. Russia and China have vetoed direct action being taken to stop Assad. This is the obstacle the UN is dealing with. It doesn't stop the international community taking action without Russia and China, not through the UN though.

  • Bokfan - 2012-06-07 19:32

    The Chinese and the Russians are to blame for this crime against humanity. As they are for many others.

  • Keith - 2012-06-07 19:41

    Kofi Annan you cannot be one side and say Assad should face the conseqences what about those terrorist sponsered by the wester vampire sfro regime change .do you really think the Syrian goverment will kill such innocent people? i dont believe look whats happening in Lybia and Egypt now come on wake up and live

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 19:52

      Spot on, the man is useless as he has no concept of conflict resolution. What due process has he done to determine who is responsible for what in Syria. His main objective has always been to do the bidding of his masters. The cease fire in Syria was never going to be observed because those who are controlling the strings are only interested in one thing only, which is regime change, in order to weaken the Iranians.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:46

      Al-Quaida is being sponsored by the so-called West. A more absurd idea cannot be found anywhere. The longer this dark chaos is allowed to continue, the more opportunity there will be for Al-Quaida to try take advantage. Al-Quaida looks for failed states to infiltrate. This is one of the reasons the freer world cannot and should not allow this to continue any longer. It's unconscionable that it's been allowed to continue this long. Never should have happened.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-08 06:03

      Fidel, ""Spot on, the man is useless"" You start off by talking the truth, and than you continue with your unintelligent childish anti Western rhetoric. ""The cease fire in Syria........... "" What are you on about ?? ANYONE , who has , even slightly, been following the events in Syria, knows that there is only ONE super power that has any influence in Syria, and that is Russia. Russia is scared that after Syria, the Iranians are going to be the next nation to seek freedom!! And , you like it or not, it will happen !! It is all a matter of time !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-08 06:09

      Keith, Wake up and live !! Both Egypt and Libya are now, after 30-40 years of tyranny, in the process to elect THEIR own government. You don't like it ? Tough luck. The Egyptians and the Libyans most certainly do !! ""do you really think the Syrian goverment will kill such innocent people?"" --------------------------------YES----------------------------

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 19:44

    Can't be clearer than this. Well done. Russia was part of the decision to appoint Annan. It cannot undermine his findings. Whatever Russia decides, the freer cannot allow this to continue any longer. Assad himself has shockingly and publicly stating he's applying bloody surgery to Syria and Syrians. He's Hitlerite.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 20:28

      The time is near. Assad is going.

  • Henk - 2012-06-07 19:46

    Now this is Africa my friend. This is how the norm behave....

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 20:11

      Talk about having lost a sense of direction, literally! Porkchop...

  • Fidel - 2012-06-07 19:46

    Mr Annan you have lost all your credibility many moons ago, go home and watch on the news like the rest of us. You have never been able to resolve any conflict falling under your jurisdiction. Useless and overrated!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 20:11

      Fidel, Wow !! For once we agree.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:38

      Lost credibility with you. But then you've always been against the forces of freedom, for the forces of oppression.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 00:57

      You are part of the weaker, dark forces. You won't prevail. This will become clear soon.

      Smell - 2012-06-09 08:21

      Fidel what is your definition of conflict resolution - keeping a barbaric moron in charge?

  • Andrew - 2012-06-07 19:47

    The communist countries of China and the ex one being Russia, to which the ANC is in love with will do nothing as they always have done. The ANC are noticeable in their absense of condemnation. Typical!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 20:13

      The ANC is inlove with these countries because while you and you ilk were trampling over the face of Africans, these two countries gave my people refuge in their hour of need.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 20:31

      Unfortunately from the heights after Apartheid our immaturity has shown. Our voice is but a muted whisper today. What will it be tomorrow?

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 20:38

      Nothing of the sort, Africans value loyalty and for us it is too soon to discard our friends now who stood by us, who have never done any harm towards Africans throughout their entire history. FACT.......

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 21:43

      Fidel, ""who have never done any harm towards Africans throughout their entire history"" Rubbish, does destroying jobs in Africa not count ?? Just a small example; Afew days ago a News24 article , on Tupperware, Just in SA, 200 000 sales people. Many of their products, manufactured here in SA, in factories employing SA workers Than the Chinese copy the Tupperware's designs and sell it at a better price. But their product is made in China, in factories employing Chinese, and than in SA sold, in Chinese stores ,employing Chinese. This Tupperware story is just one in thousands of examples. No country in the world does so much damage to Africa as the Chinese do!!

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 22:27

      I understand making hay when the sun shines, but you rather come off looking very pathetic. Straw-man argument!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:37

      I agree. Unfortunately what you say is true.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-06-07 21:05

    Compassion for the innocent victims and their families is what should be shown. Harsh comments are not going to solve anything. Kofi should step down from his seat as he is not using His Intelligence. Better send women out there because they can do the job better than these men. God have mercy on the people and I pray that Justice will be done and Peace is restored not only in Syria, but in this world as we Humans know it today.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:36

      What are you saying should be done?

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-06-07 21:08

    Typical Annan: All talk and no bite... Pathetic.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-07 21:25

    Leave them. Let them kill each other. Savages. Less mouths for the West to feed.

  • Mboneni - 2012-06-07 22:20


      Fidel - 2012-06-07 22:37

      Typing in Caps lock doesn't make your point stronger. You just come off as desperately shouting. Libya hasn't been liberated, but has been brought under the umbrella of western hegemony. As an African, if you are one, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 23:35

      Very well said. Couldn't agree more. Assad has made his intentions more than clear. He sees himself as the surgeon of Syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 03:47

      The bloody surgeon of Syria. A more inhuman image of oneself cannot be found anywhere. The last person who saw himself this way was Goebels.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 03:51

      The whole hegemony idea is so old world, stale, out of date. It was valid 40 plus years ago, when the world was divided largely in two camps: the democratic West and the Communist East. Stale, old, no longer valid.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 03:54

      Libya is free, after decades of wild, decadent rule by an unelected dictator. It is defining its freedom now. It'll take time, but Libya's future is bright, very bright.

      Smell - 2012-06-08 07:50

      Fidel, if you can bring yourself to regard yourself first and foremost as human, rather than part of an ethnic group, you will be cured of your absurd line of reasoning. Like Thabo Mbeki, Annan has pathetic conflict resolution skills. But at least he has not sided with undemocratic tyrants who kill their own people with weapons of war for demanding real democracy: like your heroes Assad, Ghaddafi and Mugabe. You are seemingly not interested in freedom or democracy, just happy to see a "brother leader", tyrant or not. Newsflash: the opposition in Syria are all "brothers and sisters" too. So you are not siding with the people (the majority), or even with ethnicity. You have just lost the plot completely.

      Antin - 2012-06-08 21:00

      Patrick wrote: "Gaddafi will always be a true African hero. The pro west, anti africa people will never understand." Dear Patrick , the problem is much worse than you describe. Not only does the pro-west not understand, even the Gaddafi's own people did not understand him. At least the Libyans who were: tortured shelled, shot by automatic fire, etc, must have had the greatest difficulties in understanding him. Good wise chaps like you at least do.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-08 22:06

      To Patrick, Gaddafi will always be a true African hero. He does not have the authority to speak for anyone but himself.

      Smell - 2012-06-09 08:18

      Patrick, as long as tyrants like Ghadaffi and Mugabe remain African heroes, you will not have to explain why Africa is the World's poorest and hungriest continent. That is not a pro-West insight, just common sense.

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