U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has expressed dismay over reports that the Syrian government resumes brutal attacks on cities once U.N. monitors leave - the latest sign that diplomatic efforts are failing to quash the bloodshed in the country.
"I am particularly alarmed by reports that government troops entered Hama (Monday) after observers departed, firing automatic weapons and killing a significant number of people," Kofi Annan told U.N. Security Council members Tuesday. "If confirmed, this is totally unacceptable and reprehensible."
Thirty observers are expected in the country by Monday, and 100 within a month, said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, citing comments by Herve Ladsous of U.N.'s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
"Mr. Ladsous reported that the Syrian government has refused at least one observer based on his nationality, and that Syrian authorities have stated they will not accept (monitoring mission) staff members from any nations that are members of the 'Friends of Democratic Syria,'" Rice said Tuesday. "He underscored that from the U.N. point of view this is entirely unacceptable."FULL STORY