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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:04 PM

Frustrated Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria in the face of an armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad whose violence shows no sign of abating after 17 months of strife.

As battles raged on Thursday in Syria's second city Aleppo between rebel fighters and government forces using war planes and artillery, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon announced in New York that Annan had said he would go at the end of the month.

"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. Talks were under way to find a successor.

Annan's mission, centered on an April ceasefire that never took hold, has looked irrelevant as fighting has intensified in Damascus and Aleppo.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8610SH20120802

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bemildred Aug 2012 OP
Systematicexposure Aug 2012 #1
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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:00 AM

1. Listen to the mans word

He quit because The west was arming the rebels(Islamists). How do you have a ceasefire when the west is hellbent on making a profit selling its arms contributing to conflict. How can a government guarantee peace for its people when exterior forces are providing terrorists with weapons. This would be like China sending weapons, money and other equipment to Al Qaeda in America. Absolutely ridiculous!

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Response to Systematicexposure (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 08:40 AM

2. It's another proxy war.

Russia's backing Syria, we're backing the rebels, and it's the Cold War all over again. I'd quit, too, if I realized that crap was going on.

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