Annan calls for more action to end Syria conflict

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Kofi Annan

A "new level" of international action is needed to halt the violence in Syria according to the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and Arab League.

Kofi Annan told the General-Assembly on Thursday that his 6-point peace plan is not being implemented by Syria and a new strategy is needed.

"The process can not be open ended, the longer we wait the more radicalized and polarized the situation will become and the harder it will be to forge a political settlement. The international community has united but it now must take that unity to a new level."

Mr. Annan said the violence has escalated and condemned a reported massacre of 78 people in the village of Mazraat al-Qubeir on Wednesday.

The Special Envoy is calling for the international community to speak with one voice and says it is still possible to avert the worst.

"As we demand compliance with international law and the six-point plan, it must be made clear that there will be consequences if compliance is not forthcoming. We must also chart a clearer course for a peaceful transition, if we are to help the Government and opposition, as well as Syrian society to help resolve the crisis."

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