Syria 'regrets' Annan resignation

2012-08-02 22:19

Damascus - Syria "regrets" the resignation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The ministry expressed its "regrets" at Annan's announcement he would step down at the end of the month and accused "countries which seek to destabilise Syria" of having "hindered and continuing to hinder" the former UN chief's peace mission.

"Syria always proved it was totally engaged in the [Annan] plan," the ministry said, despite international criticism of its failure to halt its use of heavy weapons and withdraw from protest centres in accordance with the blueprint.

Damascus is "committed to the fight against terrorism in order to restore security and stability, and protect its citizens", the ministry said.

It added that Syria "continues to believe that the only way out of the crisis is national dialogue and reconciliation, without any foreign intervention".

Annan was appointed envoy on 23 February.

His six-point peace plan was supposed to have begun with a ceasefire from 12 April, but it never took hold.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 05:58

    "Syria always proved it was totally engaged .............." the ministry said"" Yes, totally engaged in murdering your 'own' people, you lousy scumbags!! And in the meantime, the hero of the radicals, terrorist number one, hiding in a hole !!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 06:45

    Mr Annan has resigned "because of continued militarisation on the ground". We know who has been responsible for this militarisation. Proof again that those who profess to want peace are interested in no such thing. Only Russia and China have sought peace in Syria. Western vampires and her sidekicks want POWER and regime change, irrespective of how many Syrians lives are lost in the way.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 07:48

      Again , to be able to spew some anti Western crap, you make up your own stories!! Maybe you got difficulty in reading and listening, but Kofi Annan, is CLEARLY, pointing at the Syrian terorist regime AND at Russia and China, Not to accept this, you plainly deny the truth !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-03 07:53

      You only have authority to speak for yourself, no-one else, notwithstanding what your Ego tells you.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 08:40

      Annan's departing comments are: "As an envoy, I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than the security council or the international community, for that matter. The supporters of those in rebel uniform though, are not interested in any of that. They see Assad as the bullseye. War is the opposite of peace and cannot secure it. These armed thugs have chosen war.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 09:16

      NO, WRONG AGAIN, These assad thugs, choose to hijack a nation !! The Syrians, now, want their country back !!!

      customdesign - 2012-08-03 11:19

      Assad started this war, in fact, his father did, you cannot blame the west for what is happening in Syria, it has been a long time coming

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-03 07:18

    I feel sorry for Mr Annan. He is representing the UN which has become a lame duck, an irrelavant organisation. He has now been forced to admit that the UN is irrelavant.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-03 08:17

    anthony & fidel square off and prepare to support their teams. anthonys at the kickoff ,he passed the ball to clinton fidel intercepts and passes to assad wait whats this? annan is offside? annan leaves the field in disgust at the referee's call oh no ,fidel and anthony have suffered a simultaneous groin injury while both going for the ball. the crowd goes wild

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 10:23

      Oh, the wit. You have me in stitches!

  • innocent.hapazari - 2012-08-03 18:13

    I salute Honorable Annan 4 being man and honest enough to acknowledge that his mission is not yielding any fruits. Contrast this one with the like of Thabo Mbeki - Mbeki shouldn't mind being ensconce in some posh hotel day-in-day-out in the name of mediation or whatever names the guy could invent for such fruitless adventures (quite diplomacy, etc, he would call it).

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 18:33

      Mbeki was party to the team that negotiated the transitions in this country. Mbeki got Zimbabweans to agree to the GPA, which is currently drafting that country's new constitution. Mbeki got the opposing parties in Burundi to agree to a peace deal that is still intact today. Mbeki got the Ivorians to cease hostilities in that country which was followed by elections. Mbeki has helped the Sudanese achieve peace which resulted in the formation of a new Southern state. What does it gain you to blur facts this way in a public forum.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 18:44

      Oh, I forgot DRC and Angola!

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