Annan Admits Syria Mission Failure
[An Nahar] International envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
acknowledged the failure so far of his mission to bring peace to Syria.
In comments published in French by the Le Monde newspaper, Annan was quoted as saying that significant efforts had been made to try to resolve the crisis peacefully and politically.
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the plan had not been successful and perhaps there was no guarantee that it would succeed, he said.
The Annan plan, which insists on a cessation of violence by all sides, has made little headway, and activists say at least an estimated 16,500 people have now died since the uprising began in March last year.
U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
called on Friday for scaling down an observer mission in Syria to refocus on political efforts to end the bloodshed.
The former U.N. chief spoke of the importance of Russia -- a Damascus
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ally which has so far blocked international action against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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's regime -- while stressing that Iran should be involved in discussions.
The U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy, whose plan called for a ceasefire that has been ignored on a daily basis since April, said Syria's ally Iran had a role to play in efforts to end the crisis despite U.S. opposition.
On Friday, some 100 countries and international organizations meeting in Gay Paree urged the Security Council to adopt Annan's peace plan under Chapter VII of the organization's charter.
The Annan plan, which insists on a cessation of violence by all sides, has made little headway and activists say at least 16,500 people have now been killed since the uprising began in March last year.
"We should go back and ask for a resolution in the Security Council that imposes real and immediate consequences for non-compliance, including sanctions," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as
The Woman to Call at 3 a.m. and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as
Another John Marshall ...
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