Annan decries 'atrocities' in Syria


Salon Staff
April 8, 2012 3:18PM (UTC)

GENEVA (AP) — Kofi Annan, the joint U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria, has urged Syria's government to fully implement its commitment to a cease-fire and condemned "a surge in violence and atrocities" that is occurring there.

Annan said in a statement in Geneva on Sunday that the fighting is causing "alarming levels of casualties, refugees and displaced persons" and that it must stop.

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Activists say Syrian troops are continuing their assault on restive regions, despite a plan that calls for government forces to withdraw from towns and villages by Tuesday, and for the regime and rebels to lay down their arms by 6 a.m. Thursday.

But Syria's government on Sunday appeared to be backtracking, demanding written guarantees from its foes to lay down their weapons before withdrawing its own troops.


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