March 10th, 2012
07:03 AM ET

Kofi Annan meets with Syrian president; Qatar says it's time to send troops

A former United Nations secretary-general met with Syria's president Saturday in the latest diplomatic attempt to halt the bloodshed in the country.

But on the same morning, at least 15 people died from fresh violence across Syria, opposition activists said.

Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League, met President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus "to seek an urgent end to ... human rights violations and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution" to the violence that has wracked the country for nearly a year, his spokesman said.

Time is running out for a diplomatic way of ending the crisis, said Haytham Manna of the opposition Coordinating Committee of Democratic Transition in Syria.

"We are at the last moments of reaching a political solution. We are getting to the point of no return," said Manna, a Paris-based dissident. "If we can't reach a political agreement today, we will head toward the abyss. ... The regime is pushing the country as a whole toward a full scale armed struggle between the very well organized military institution and our people."

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The way some people get groceries, they would be better off putting stuff on a skid.

    March 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Dayum, Jeff, you're on a roll!
      Am I the only one that noticed that the grocery carts are getting humongous?

      March 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. O

    @high hopes....... If people where to excercise there freedom than this country would be in a much better place. The problem with people now days is that they let themselves be intimidated by the big political bussiness man.

    March 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. O

    But than there are those leaders that lie to us to acheive what they want and not the peoples needs

    March 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nancy

    Waw CNN ...Why r u posting Illegal pics of other countrys (Syria) ....

    March 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ? ? ?

    @ 0, totally agree with you, but once people are already brainwashed its very hard to undo!

    March 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I frequently complain here about the brainwashing of USA citizens.
    @ banasy:
    Fiji water has a pretty label. Was it that? I never looked closely enough to notice a tropical fish.
    I have no money to waste on bottled water. Recently there was an emergency in our apartment building, so I bought lots of Poland Water. If I have a bottle, I refill it many times with tap water and keep it in the fridge.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. High Hopes


    I agree. Big business and crooked politicians have worked together to get us here. But we need jobs and cutting imports from places like China whose products dominate our shelves would force us to be independent. We shouldn't conduct trade with countries who violate human rights, nor should we support countries whose profits are used to support regimes and tyrants. In essence, by purchasing Chinese products, we are supporting oppression, child labor, genecides and human slavery.

    Again, I pray for the activists in Syria and for those oppressed by their own governments who are supported by communist countries like China and Russia... there's a long list of them. But my heart remains with the Syrians.


    March 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
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