‘Shocked’ Kofi Annan arrives in crisis-ridden Syria, urges Assad govt. to take ‘bold steps’

Monday, May 28, 2012
Damascus: United Nations-Arab League joint envoy for Syria Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus today amidst on-going crisis in the country.

In a statement issued to the press here, Annan said that he is “shocked and horrified” by the Houla massacre.

“I am personally shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in Houla two days ago, which took so many innocent lives, children, women and men,” Annan said.

Expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, the special envoy called on Al-Assad government to take some “bold” steps.

“I urge the Government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process. And this message of peace is not only for the Government, but for everyone with a gun,” he said

The former UN chief asserted that the six-point plan needs to be implemented comprehensively “and this is not happening.”
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