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Annan warns Syria peace plan could be last chance to avoid war


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Annan warns Syria peace plan could be last chance to avoid war

As violence rages on, Kofi Annan says the world cannot allow Syria to descend into a full-scale civil war that would have an impact on the whole region.

Speaking in Geneva after briefing the UN Security Council by videolink, the UN-Arab League mediator said his peace plan was “not an open-ended commitment”.

Annan told reporters: “There has been some decrease in the military activities, but there are still serious violations in the cessation of violence that was agreed and the level of violence and abuses are unacceptable.”

He added: “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.”

A UN-backed ceasefire was announced for April 12 as part of Annan’s plan, along with a monitoring mission. There was an initial drop in violence but nearly a month on and after elections widely seen as a sham, a full truce has yet to take hold.

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