Annan Slams Syrian Government

    U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan speaks during a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, unseen, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Annan appealed to Syria's key ally Iran to support his plan to end the violence wracking the Arab country, saying that "any further militarization of the conflict would be disastrous." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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    Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations who is trying to broker peace in Syria, warned of an "all-out civil war" Thursday, pointing the blame on President Bashar al-Assad's troops. Annan told the U.N. Security Council that the international community must hold Syria responsible and that there will be “consequences” for massacring hundreds if not thousands of its civilians. The U.S. and Europe have tried to sanction Syria, but have been held back by China and Russia. “Clearly the time has come to determine what more can be done to secure implementation of the [peace] plan,” Annan said. “We must ... resolve the crisis.”

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