Annan: Syrian suffering 'must end and it must end now'
Kofi Annan speaks to the press upon his arrival in Damascus for talks with top officials on May 28.
May 28th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Annan: Syrian suffering 'must end and it must end now'

U.N. monitors say 108 people, including 49 children, were massacred in one Syrian town. Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan is in Syria, though rebels say his peace plan is dead.

Annan delivered this statement to the press upon his arrival in Damascus:

"I have come to Syria at a critical moment in this crisis.

I am personally shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in Houleh two days ago, which took so many innocent lives, children, women and men. This was an appalling crime, and the Security Council has rightly
condemned it.

And I extend my profound condolences and my heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the wounded – in Houla and throughout the country.

The Security Council has requested the UN to continue to continue to investigate the attacks on Houleh. Those responsible for these brutal crimes must be held accountable. I understand that the Government is also investigating.

It is the Syrian people, ordinary citizens of this great country, who are paying the highest price in this conflict.

Our goal is to stop this suffering. It must end and it must end now.

I urge the Government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process. And this message of peace is not only for the Government, but for everyone with a gun.

The six-point plan has to be implemented comprehensively. And this is not happening.

I intend to have serious and frank discussions with President Bashar Al-Assad. I also look forward to speaking with a range of other people while I am here.

Thank you very much.

Damascus, 28 May 2012"

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. JSL

    We have an African Wrong Paul heading the U.N...giving lip service and staying out of it.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jubril

      You got that right. This man is either being Used or getting bribes (Never Trust a Ghanian)

      May 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • escher7

      Don't know about RP but Annan is pretty useless and more concerning – non-committal. I guess it is possible that Al Qaeda or some other sickos did this to stir things up so he doesn't want to jump on the government. Tough call.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    oh kofi, shut up already...you've been made out to be the naive fool you are...

    im sorry, but obama's been a big fat zero on syria....

    libya? he was happy to lead from behind...but as I said then, when it really counts, who is going to lead from the front?

    what about the right to protect doctrine? in libya, how many people dies before nato went in? a few hundred? how many have died in syria? 10,000? 15,000?

    where is the american president already!!!!! oh right.....he doesnt like to get himself dirty, unless of course he is abusing israel for building apartments in their ancestral homeland.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jubril

      Kofi got to eat men, U think its easy paying all those bills without a Job. Al Assad has been good to Kofi no wonder he is always running to syria and buying Assad more time to kill

      May 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • escher7

      What a dumb ramble. I just watched the President give his speech at the Vietnam Vets wall. The man is an inspiring leader as evidenced by the applause of the vets present. I really cannot imagine Wrongney giving that speech.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EndTheFed

    What the corporate media is failing to mention is that the CIA, MI6 and the Mossad are using sniper teams to keep the conflict going. Western interests are trying to control the entire region and Syria is just another piece of the puzzle.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • escher7

      It wasn't a sniper that went in and axed and shot 109 people including 29 kids.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cyrus

    Assigning this task to Kofi Annan is a farce! It insults the Syrian people's intelligence. Wasn't Annan in charge of UN Peacekeeping Operations in New York when he received a cable from an informer in Rwanda about the impeding genocide and he did nothing about it! Don't tell me he didn't have the power. He could have gone on record telling the UN Secretary General Boutros Ghali that under Article 99 of the UN Charter, the Secretary General had the obligation to insist on UN Security Council decision and if the Council would not have taken any strong action, surely it would have been a powerful message to the international community that Mr. Kofi Annan was really performing his duties. Kofi Annan was thinking more about his future career as a possible alternative to Boutros Ghali! Assigning this herculean task to Annas is an appeasement of the Assad's regime. What happened to President Obama's commitment to human rights. We don't have to send use military force. Just isolate Syria the way we are isolating Iran. At least the message to the Syrian people would not be so deceitful. We don't have to wait for the Russians to come along. They never do! Since when has Russia helped us in any substantive manner since the fall of USSR?

    May 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • escher7

      The problem is that the U,N. has no power unless it is backed by powerful members. And for whatever reason those with power do not want to get involved at this point. If Annan were a more inspiring person he might be able to get the US and others to move, but he comes across as a wimp.

      May 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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