Syria: Annan in Damascus to rescue peace plan

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Syria: Annan in Damascus to rescue peace plan

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Kofi Annan flew to Damascus to appeal to President Bashar al Assad and try to rescue his faltering peace plan.

The UN and Arab league envoy has condemned the massacre of men, women and children in Syria, following the killing of at least a 108 in the town of Houla.

Annan said: “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.”

Britain and Russia have also been holding talks in Moscow, where Syria dominated the agenda. While William Hague, the British Foreign Minister put the blame squarely on the Assad Regime, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov spoke of a desire for a more general end to the violence.

“For us, it is completely unimportant who’s in power in Syria,” he said “The most important thing for us is to support, above all else, an end to the violence, an end to the deaths of people who are mostly civilians and to support political dialogue where the Syrians themselves decide the destiny of their country.”

Unverified footage claims to show further deadly violence in the city of Hama. It has been reported that Assad’s forces killed over 40 people with an artillery assault on the city.