Thursday, August 2, 2012

U.S. Spit On United Nations - Annan Quits Peace Envoy For Syria.

U.S.Troops join Turkey on Syrian border. Army on high alert.

Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon announced on Thursday, as the civil war spiraled further out of control.

Ban announced "with deep regret" the resignation of Annan, who was named to the post on February 23.

"Mr. Annan has informed me, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Nabil Elaraby, of his intention not to renew his mandate when it expires on 31 August 2012," Ban said in a statement, adding that he and Elaraby were in discussions on appointing a successor to Annan.

"Kofi Annan deserves our profound admiration for the selfless way in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to this most difficult and potentially thankless of assignments," Ban said.

The statement added that Annan had said he would not renew his mandate when it expires on August 31.

Annan was said to blame "finger pointing and name calling" at the UN Security Council for his departure.

The Security Council has repeatedly failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with the Syrian crisis, with Russia and China three times vetoing resolutions proposed by the West.

The former UN Secretary-General did succeed in getting Security Council backing for his six-point peace plan, but it failed to stop Syria's slide into civil war.

The plan, which called for a daily ceasefire and immediate negotiations between the regime and opposition groups, was not implemented and both sides ignored an April 12 ceasefire deadly.

Annan said on Thursday he was hopeful that the six-point plan would continue.
(Al-Akhbar, Reuters)