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. snowdogg

    Yet another strident declaration that "This must stop" from a recognized world leader... Which the Syrian government will again ignore.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Don't forget that China and Russia voted "NO" on the UN Security Council proposal to address this. Apparently their economic and political ties to Syria take priority over addressing this horrific situation. The Syrian regime is comfortable in its brutality because rest of the world is unwilling to to anger China by taking action. Ultimate responsibility belongs to China, and the cowards who are too scared to confront them.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby

    "Suffering must end" ya way to state the obvious

    May 28, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    More that's going to work.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. JeffinIL


    May 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. JeffinIL

    Annan: Syrian suffering 'must end and it must end now'
    OR I shall release other plati tudes to the media! I will! I swear!

    May 28, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. John

    The UN must end and must end now. Kofi speaks too softly and carries no stick. These murderers do not respond to political gesturing from an impotent body like the U.N. How many times must we witness atrocities and respond with weak men and women? Think for a moment about the unspeakable horrors going on that we don't know about.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. cobra129

    Yes the suffering must end.......eliminate the UN immediately.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. jorge washinsen

    Why should we really care a rats rear end about any Muslim country?They hate our guts.They have been trying to kill us out for 1300 years.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JeffinIL

      This only applies if you are an American posting the 1300 year figure:
      2012 – 1776 does not equal 1300.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. jorge washinsen

    I think we should let every Muslim country go to the Russians-can't think of a better gift for them.We sure as hell do not need anymore after 9-11.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. John M.

    hey joe, stop supporting mass murdering dictators, shame that you support thugs like Gadhafi and Assad over the "people" right to gain their freedom and the right to elect their leader instead of their leader oppressing them and electing himself decade after decade. Stop insulting your president, his name is Obama, the president that you oppose hunted down and kill bin laden when your hero (bush) failed miserably. Bet you even supported suing "Obama" in efforts to support Gadhafi. Your bro "Assad" is going to end up like your bro Gadhafi, if the people of syria don't hang him first

    May 28, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. snowdog

    The Syrian govt must be shaking in there boots. Not!!!!! Anan and the UN are worthless. They do nothing but talk and then follow it up with no action at all. THis is why the US has to always go it alone. I do not expect any action from Obama, but if a Republican was in power there would be action.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuk

      Yeah, see what "action" brought you in Iraq and Afganistan. They are now both perfect democracies just as you wanted! Now on to North Koria, Syria, etc, etc. Good job.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. areacode612

    Or else... what is the UN going to do?

    May 28, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. pjs

    So whats the bogey on how many people have die before the world gets involved to throw out that brutal dictator Assad out on his rear end. 10,000,100,000,1,000,000?

    May 28, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chuk

    Warmongers, how about tell these "freedom fighters" to compromise?! When you have these "freedom fighters" swear they will never compromise, they're saying they must have it all or nothing. And since they can't accomplish their objective, they're asking others to do it for them.
    At some point, the West has to learn they can't run around the world removing every regime they disagree with.
    It's time this so-called freedom fighters agree to some compromise to save innocent people instead of insisting on an all-or-nothing mantra.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • John M.

      did the americans compromise with England during the american revolution? Freedom has its price. France assisted the rebels during the american revolution, without France help the american rebels would had likely lost, and we did pay a high price with thousands of lives lost so that others could gain their freedom

      May 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. cobra129

    Annan to visit Syria, Ban Ki Moon letter to UN...rotflmao........Annan should go home to his taxpayer funded mansion and the only letter Moon should be sending is his resignation.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
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