Supporters of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The government has been under attack by the US and other imperialist states., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
New Syria Envoy Says Assad Must Stop Killing
March 1, 2012 (AP)
The new U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria says President Bashar Assad must stop the killing and violence immediately and allow humanitarian agencies into the country.
Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday and told reporters that he will go to the Mideast very soon to help find a peaceful solution to the 11-month conflict.
He called it a "very difficult assignment." The U.N. estimates that more than 7,500 people have been killed since the anti-Assad struggle started in March 2011.
Ban strongly urged Syrian authorities to extend their full cooperation to Annan.
Ban said he was "extremely disappointed" that Syria has not allowed U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to visit.