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TodaysNetworkNews: SYRIA: ANNAN PEACE PLAN "MUST NOT FAIL" - VIOLENCE MAY ENGULF MIDDLE EAST

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Published on May 9, 2012

MaximsNewsNetwork: (http://www.MaximsNews.com ) 08 May 2012: United Nations: CH UNTV: Geneva, Switzerland -
The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, said today (8 May) in Geneva that by the end of the month, all of the 300 observers approved by the Security Council in April would be on the ground; the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), authorized by the UN Security Council last month, is made up of up to 300 unarmed military observers and deployed for an initial period of 90 days and it is tasked with monitoring the cessation of violence in Syria and supporting the full implementation of the six-point plan.

Talking to journalists after his morning briefing to the Security Council in New York via video link, Annan said that the need for human rights abuses to come to an end "cannot be underestimated". He said that "it must be understood that we need to ensure that all aspects of the six-point plan are implemented to create a conducive environment for us to move on to the political dialogue".

He said that the UN supervision mission was "possibly" the only remaining chance to stabilise the country. He said "I'm sure I'm 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".

Annan stressed that "the violence must stop and a credible political process must begin for the sake of the Syrian people."

He also warned that "If it fails, as the UN Secretary-General has warned, and it were to lead into a civil war, it will not affect only Syria, it will have an impact on the whole region".

The crisis, which began in March 2011 as a protest movement similar to those across the Middle East and North Africa, has claimed over 9,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced tens of thousands.

Annan's plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue that takes into account the aspirations of the Syrian people, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.

Ahead of his briefing to the Council, the Joint Special Envoy met with the General Assembly's President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, with whom he discussed the implementation of the six-point plan.

Al-Nasser stressed the urgent need to make progress on the issues, based on the resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council, according to information released by the President's spokesperson.

Al-Nasser also stressed the need for the Syrian authorities and other parties to cooperate fully with Annan and his team for the full implementation of the relevant resolutions to resolve the crisis and help all Syrians restore peace, stability and unity to the country.

(UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION: CH UNTV Geneva, Switzerland )

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