Kofi Annan, the joint UN andArab League special envoy for Syria, said here Thursday that it isvery important now to push for the implementation of his six-pointplan to end the 16-month crisis in Syria or the violence will bespin out of the border to affect peace and stability in the region. Annan, the former UN secretary-general, made the statement as hewas meeting the press here jointly with UN Secretary-General BanKi-moon and the secretary-general of the Arab League, NabilElaraby, after they briefed the UN Security Council on the currentsituation in Syria. "I am not sure whether it's a plan that is dead or it's theimplementation that is lacking," Annan said. "This iswhat the council has been discussing this afternoon -- what needsto be done to push the implementation and what will be theconsequences if the implementation is not carried forward." Annan, who has been engaged in his good offices on Syria for nearlytwo months, made the remarks in response to a press questionwhether he thinks his plan is dead. |
Earlier Thursday, Annan told the UN General Assembly that hissix-point plan "is not being implemented," and thesituation in Syria is deteriorating. The six-point plan, widely backed by the international communityand accepted by the Syrian government, calls for the withdrawal ofheavy weapons and troops from population centers, a daily halt infighting for the delivery of humanitarian aid and treatment for thewounded, as well as talks between the government and opposition. "I think the plan has been endorsed by every one," Annansaid, "and I've also said 'if this plan is not working, or wedecide, this is not the way to go, we should be looking atoptions,' but as long as we all agree, the plan has merit, thequestion is: How do you get the Syrian government to perform, toimplement it, even at this late hour?" "This is what the Council is in the process of discussing, andI'm not going to do their work." Annan said. For his part, Ban said that the international community must actnow to end the Syrian crisis at an early date. "It is up to the members of the Council to find commoncause," he said.
"We are very much encouraged by such astrong commitment and unity of voices in condemning current recentmassacres. They were all passionate in speaking out for thenecessity of taking action. But let me say here that we need bolderaction." "We must speak with one voice," he said. "We mustdeliver a clear and unmistakable message." "The violence must stop, on both sides," he said,referring to the Syrian government and the armed opposition."We need a peaceful transition that meets the aspirations ofthe Syrian people." At the same time, Elaraby said that "Enough is enough",and the international community, including the Security Council,should "take action now" to stop the violence in Syria.
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