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Annan stands at the forefront to seek Syria ceasefire

04-10-2012 13:56 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The Syrian crisis has been raging for more than a year. During the turmoil, many people have tried to ease tensions between the Syrian government and opposition groups. Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, has been at the forefront, leading a mission to enforce a much needed ceasefire.

A man known to the world -Kofi Annan, who previously served as the seventh Secretary General at the United Nations, is now being honoured with a new title, the UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria.

Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, has been at the forefront,
leading a mission to enforce a much needed ceasefire.

The former African diplomat has been a key mediator in many conflicts. Back in 2008, as head of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, he helped end the civil unrest in Kenya and was widely lauded by Kenyans for this landmark achievement in the mediation process.

This year, at a critical moment in the Syrian crisis, Annan backed by his experience and past success felt determined to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. But the pressure on Annan has been great, as he has been tasked with an enormously difficult mission.

During talks with the Syrian government and opposition, Annan presented a six-point plan which provided a blueprint for ending the violence and resolving the crisis.

The plan calls on the two sides to commit to a ceasefire, immediately stop the use of heavy weapons in populated areas, enforce a daily two-hour halt to fighting to allow for the evacuation of the injured, allow the delivery of aid, and to participate in talks aimed at finding a political solution.

The plan was first opposed by Syria government and the opposition but after days of negotiation, on March 27, the Syrian government accepted the peace proposal, and said it would work to implement it.

Annan also visited Russia and China, to seek support from the two countries that vetoed two previous UN Security Council resolutions on Syria. Both countries offered support to Annan's effort and welcomed Syria’s acceptance of the plan.

But on the ground, violence is still the reality. According to UN, the conflict has produced estimated 9000-10,000 casualties.

To stem the violence, an April 10th ceasefire deadline has been urgently put forward by Annan. Now, the world and Syria hold their breath, for the successful implementation of a ceasefire which will bring a definite turning point to the Syrian crisis.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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