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Annan: Syrian killings must end

03-13-2012 07:50 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Ankara on the latest stage of his diplomatic mission to end the fighting in Syria. Over the weekend, Annan held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as leading opposition figures in Damascus.

Ahead of a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Annan told reporters that a strong message must be sent to Syria that the killing of civilians should stop.

United Nations special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, third left, meets with Ahmad Badr
Al Din Hassoun, Syria's Grand Mufti, second right, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, March
11, 2012.

Annan said: "Since I came to the region, I am following very very closely developments in Syria. And there are grave and appalling reports of atrocities and abuses. The killing of civilians must end now. The world must send a clear and united message that this is simply unacceptable."

Annan says he’s trying to get the different sides talking through a political process, while ensuring humanitarian access to civilians in the areas worst hit by the fighting.

Before arriving in Turkey, he met with Qatari leaders to discuss the issue. Annan remains positive but as he left Syria on Sunday, President Assad’s forces mounted a new assault on rebel strongholds in northern Syria, sparking further violence.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with U.N.-Arab League envoy
Kofi Annan during their meeting in Ankara March 12, 2012.

United Nations envoy Kofi Annan speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria,
Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Free Syrian Army fighters gather during fighting against government troops in Idlib,
north Syria, Saturday, March 10, 2012.





Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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