Annan urges UN Security Council to break Syria deadlock

March 16, 2012 19:25

UNITED NATIONS - The UN-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis, Kofi Annan, urged the Security Council to overcome its deadlock and unify in support of his efforts to end the violence that has brought Syria to the brink of civil war, UN diplomats said on Friday.

Addressing a closed-door meeting of the 15-nation council via video link, Annan said the stronger their message is in support of his efforts to negotiate a ceasefire, the better his chances will be of altering the dynamics of the conflict, council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Russia and China have twice vetoed Security Council resolutions condemning the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for his year-long attempts to crush pro-democracy demonstrations. The United Nations says well over 8,000 civilians have been killed.

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