March 16th, 2012
02:34 AM ET

Kofi Annan to brief U.N. on Syria visit

Kofi Annan will brief the U.N. Security Council on Friday about the deteriorating situation in Syria as the deadly conflict enters its second year.

Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy on Syria, met last weekend with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the hopes of finding an end to the bloodshed.

His briefing on the visit will be held via closed teleconference.

More than 8,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the United Nations, but opposition activists said the overall toll is more than 9,000, mostly civilians.

The U.N. and officials from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation plan to go on an assessment mission led by the Syrian government to the provinces of Homs, Hama, Tartous, Latakia, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Rif Damashq and Daraa to asses the humanitarian need.

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  1. Philip

    I'd rather Kofi Annan debrief members of the UN one by one, live on TV worldwide. Rarely do we get to hear what lesser UN members have to say. Not to mention they can say what they want but have no real say Only rich nations are allowed to decide if a UN resolution goes through.or not. Well, rich nations and another nation carrying enough debt to sink Africa.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Snooze Button

    Hit me. Dang! (busted)

    March 16, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Roostercrow Cogburn

    Blackjack!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. MoeL

    What is this circus? Either help the Syrian people, or let them die. The choice is up to you...UN... I guess. Politics should not have a say in this situation...these people are dying by the thousands while the UN ponders the right course...right...so sick. What is wrong with this picture I ask you?

    March 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sorensen

    The UN as usual is irrelevant, useless and ridiculous. Move the whole thing to Bruxelles and all the other bureaucrats.

    March 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |