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Annan pursues Syria peace bid as violence rages on

Annan pursues Syria peace bid as violence rages on
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As Syria’s uprising enters its second year, veteran negotiator Kofi Annan is pursuing his efforts to end the violence.

After his own visit to Damascus, the ex-UN chief is sending a team there next week to discuss a plan to deploy international monitors.

Speaking via video link, Annan reportedly told a closed-door Security Council meeting that Syria’s response to his peace proposals was disappointing.

He is warning of the need to tread carefully.

“Any miscalculation that leads to major escalation will have an impact in the region, which will be extremely difficult to manage,” he told reporters in Geneva. “Some people have a tendency to compare it with Libya or other situations. But I believe Syria would be much more complex and that is why everybody is moving very cautiously.”

Opposition activists said there had been fresh bloodshed in Syria on Friday. Among the violence reported, pictures posted online apparently showed demonstrators in the northern city of Raqqa coming under fire from government forces.