Syria violence "unacceptable": Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy

The situation in Syria could slide into civil war if more is not done to end the violence.

That warning came from Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria after briefing the Security Council by video teleconference on Tuesday.

He told reporters in Geneva that while there has been some decrease in military activities in Syria, the level of violence and abuse was unacceptable.

Mr. Annan said the unarmed UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is possibly the only remaining chance to stabilize the country.

"I am sure I am not telling you any secret when I tell you that there is a profound concern that the country could otherwise descend into full civil war and the implications of that are quite frightening. We cannot allow that to happen."

The cessation of violence, which is part of Annan's six-point plan for Syria, became effective on 12 April.

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