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Annan says six-point plan platform for peace efforts in Syria
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:0AM
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UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan says his six-point peace plan is the framework of diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the country.

Annan made the statement in Geneva on Wednesday after briefing the UN Security Council, via videoconference, on his recent meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, AP reported.

He also gave the council an update on the status of his peace plan, which he hopes to end clashes between government forces and armed gangs.

He said that the UN mission in Syria, UNSMIS, with the framework of the six point plan would attempt to bring an end to "horrific violence" in some locations, and "work out ceasefire arrangements at these localities with possibly the help of UNSMIS."

"This does not free anybody from the broader obligation of the ceasefire as indicated in the plan," he noted.

The former UN chief said all members of the International Action Group on Syria have agreed to put pressure on both sides of the conflict to stop the rampant violence in the country.

Annan acknowledged that his plan, which went into effect in mid-April, has not “so far not succeeded in ending the violence and moving forward.” He, however, renewed his call on all governments to work together and support a single peace plan.

Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest ever since March 2011, when demonstrations broke out both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The Syrian opposition and the West accuse the government of being behind the violence, but Damascus blames the killings of both civilians and security personnel on outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists, funded and led from outside the country.

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