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. mcsunshine

    Just what has Annan done to "end the suffering now"? Just what has the leadership of the US done to end this horror? Is our fearless President busy still evolving? Or is he paralyzed in an election year and will definitely do something (?) when he is assured he will be re-elected and IF he takes back the house and retains a majority in the Senate, then he can do it all his way. Haven't we had enough of "his way" yet?

    May 28, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Great post. I for one have had enough of Obama the waffler. He needs to publicly say we don't care about Syria or remove Assad from power. Nothing in the middle of those two options is acceptable but I doubt he is capable of anything but waffling.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serenity

      It's a UN problem, not a sole-US problem. Let someone else foot the cost of this one.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sammyg

      When did it become Obama's duty to "end this horror"?

      May 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill.x

      where do you suppose we get all the money and young lives to throw at every prblem in this world. this is a UN problem and needs a UN solution. the president has been the only leader offering solutions in the US, while the republicans – the party of no to everything except War and Tax breaks for the select few- has done nothing. yes, we are ready for 4 more years – with the house and senate behind him would be best.

      May 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TROLL KILLER

      Attention Obama haters.

      Russia has a military base on Syrian soil.
      What do you want Obama to do ?
      Get into a war with Russia over Syria, and make the situation worse ?
      Establish a no fly zone, and have Russia shoot down American jets ?
      Put boots on the ground, and when Americans start getting killed you will blame Obama.

      Weapons from both russia and Iran have been pouring into this base,
      including troops.

      You Obama haters are ignorant morons.

      May 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeTamble

      Right Dan.

      And as soon as one American soldier dies, you will be screaming your fool head off
      about Obama the warmonger.
      You have the brains of a four year old.

      May 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • kernal klink

      OBAMA plays follow the REAL LEADER!! GEORGE BUSH !!
      If BUSH didn't organize SEAL TEAM 6 OBAMA would be spinning in the dirt!!

      May 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Okay... For those thinking Obama should do something about this? For one thing it is the Republican caucus and their supporters who are making the point to STOP the spending, right? They are the ones who are highlighting "What is it about spending money we don't have he doesn't understand?".
      So now he chooses to follow the raod of common sense and reality rather than the road of fantasy and the Right is discontented????? You don't hear any of these Right supporters screaming to treat our own homeless and jobless people with any humanitarian approach!
      We DON'T HAVE the Funds TO PAY FOR A MILITARY INCURSION, POINT BLANK!!!!! If He did decide to engage the Syrian military they would then attack him for his spenidng!!!!!! If you want Obama to take actions like this then stop attacking him for his spending which is NOT of the highest!! OR just shut up?

      May 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    The big question to Annan has to be The suffering must end now or what?

    May 28, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hear Ye

    What a SICK SICK world.

    May 28, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. nadia

    Just by saying to the syrian gov that end this violence nothing will happen cause they r fighting to stay in power. I saw the video of the girl whose family got killed she has stabbed she pretended to be dead her entire family died in houla syria. She said the guys who killed her family were assad army guys.

    May 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Irrelevant

    TROLL KILLER: Best. Post. Yet. Thank you!

    May 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TROLL KILLER

      Some times these little morons just get under my skin.

      May 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    I thought they had put this guy in mothballs...His thoughts are no longer relevant so people are just not going to listen to him! The situation is a horrible one but telling people to stop the violence just wont fly!

    May 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave Anders

    Annan hears only one side of the story- the side which supports his having a job with the UN. The UN monitors only listen to one side- to the so-called opposition. CNN is politically-correct by reporting only what is said by those supported by Democrat Barack Obama. If Democrat Barack Obama had kept his big mouth shut maybe CNN and other media would not be bullied into reporting only what the so-called opposition says. Stay out of their business Dictator Obama.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kitty HaHa

    You Obama-haters are calling for him to go into Syria. If he does, you'll call him a war monger.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is a direct slap in the face to George Clooney who has brought to the attention of the World about what's happening to the children in Darfur and todate, little is being done. Furthermore, these damn Republicans want to blame Obama for not doing more in Syria but I haven't heard not one mention Darfur. The H with them all including Annan.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • NODEMS

      Obama has been incompetent in Middle East, apologize from left to right including the Taliban/Karzai, the poopy dealers. The region has been sold to China and Russia for U.S debt 2 years ago. So goodbye Syria... the US will stay away for goods now.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kernal klink

    OBAMA doesn't haven't a clue what to do. Appease the terrorists and JIHAD is the strategy OBAMA has in the Middle East

    May 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kernal klink

    OBAMA is a CO (Community Organizer ) so appalling invites a terrorist to the White House!

    May 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • NODEMS

      THAT IS CORRECT. HE INVITE KARZAI TO WH FOR APOLOGY. HE HAS CO CLUES.... HE DOES NOT HAVE THE GUTS TO BE THERE AT THE BEGINNING ANYWAY BECAUSE HE SOLD THE U.S. INTERESTS TO CHINA AND RUSSIA ALREADY

      May 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Send in the clowns.

    IS the UN sending in their useless peacekeepers? Good luck with that. Maybe a good rule is keep out of other countries business unless it spills over the boarders.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sanity

    Remind me again about Annan, the UN, Iraq, and the Oil for Food scam. Why would anyone care what Annan thinks?

    May 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Send in the clowns.

    Syria needs to settle this already. Obama needs to know who he needs to bow to next.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. klamerus

    Seriously, does anyone think (for even one second) that anyone listens to the U.N.? It's the most worthless, political and impotent organization created by mankind.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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