UN has new envoy to Syria: Kofi Annan hopes to change something
UN has nominated new ambassador to
“Annan told reporters after meeting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that others have different ideas of how to end the conflict — an apparent reference to a military solution — but that a “peaceful solution through dialogue and a speedy one” was the way to go”, Associated Press writes.
Annan considers that the message is clear and the killing and violence must stop. “Humanitarian agencies must be given access to do their work … (and) “there’s a need for dialogue between all actors in
Annan, who served as the U.N.’s secretary-general from 1997 to 2006 and won the Nobel Peace Prize, said he would travel to the
Annan met Assad several times while he was U.N. chief but he said he hasn’t been in touch for several years. He said he expects to visit
UN currently Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said he was counting on all states to support Annan’s mission, including the 15 on the U.N. Security Council, which has been deeply divided over Syria.
“The Syrian government requested information about the objectives of Annan’s mission and Ban said an official letter was on its way to Assad. Annan said he plans to meet with
Several Western diplomats said it would be a major mistake for
Annan said “if we are going to succeed, it is extremely important that we all accept that there be one process of mediation, the one both the U.N. and Arab League have asked me to lead.”
As we all remember Assad tried another measure to make the situation calmer and held a referendum on a new Constitution on February 26.
“It’s a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he’s doing,” US State Secretary Hillary Clinton commented on the referndum.
Speaking during an earlier interview, Secretary Clinton asked: “What about the people in
“We see immense human suffering that is heartbreaking and a stain on the honor of those security forces who are doing it”,