Syria: Kofi Annan is stepping down as UN mediator and the Arab League

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kofi-annan-syria-un-missionAug 3, Geneva: The international envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, will resign at the end of the month at the failure of his peace plan intended to end the violence that continues to rage in Syria 17 months after the outbreak of fighting between the army and rebel forces. The six-point plan of Ghanaian diplomat, charged in February by the Arab League and the UN to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, aimed at ending the violence and to prepare a political transition.

“Kofi Annan deserves our deep admiration for the selfless manner in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to the mission of the most difficult and potentially unrewarding”, said Thursday the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , in a statement. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Kofi Annan spoke of “the accusations and insults” suffered in the Security Council and the UN has deplored the lack of support from major powers.

China and Russia objected three times to veto resolutions of the Security Council of the UN threatening the regime of Bashar al-Assad of sanctions for continued repression of the opposition. The spokesman for Kofi Annan, Martin Nesirky, refused to comment on the question of succession of the mediator.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ally of Damascus since the violence began, regretted the resignation of Kofi Annan, which he described as “brilliant diplomat.”

China has expressed its regret his side and stressed the important role played by the UN in resolving the Syrian crisis.

The White House, meanwhile, felt that the departure of Kofi Annan illustrated the refusal of Syrian President Bashar Assad to respect a peace plan backed by the UN and the inability of Russia and China to demand accountability from Bashar al-Assad before the security Council of the UN.

On the ground, the fighting intensified in recent hours in Aleppo, the second largest city. Government forces shelled the area of Salaheddine with tanks and artillery, while the rebels have tried to consolidate their takeover of some neighborhoods.

Sixteen rebels were also killed in an air strike by loyalist forces in the plain of Hauran, in southern countries. The regular army offensive comes after the insurgents attacked an army checkpoint on Thursday near the town of al-Harir Busra, indicate these sources.

At least 50 people were also killed by Syrian forces during clashes with rebel forces in the city of Hama (center), according to residents and opposition activists.

The Deputy Secretary General of the UN in charge of operations of peacekeeping Herve Ladsous confirmed that the Syrian opposition was in possession of heavy weapons without being able to know if the rebel forces used them against the army regular.

Next week, Ban Ki-moon will submit its report and recommendations on the observation mission of the UN in Syria (UNSMIS). The mandate of the UNSMIS, who was three months, was extended for 30 days by the Security Council last month.

According to the Permanent Representative of France to the UN, Gerard Araud, the Security Council should not renew the mandate of the UNSMIS.

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