Annan briefs UN Security Council on Syria
UNITED NATIONS - UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Friday gave details to the UN Security Council on efforts to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt his deadly crackdown, diplomats said.
Annan spoke to a closed session of the 15-nation council by videoconference from Geneva about his talks in Damascus last weekend and contacts since with the government.
Diplomats said Annan, the former UN chief, told the council it must give united support to his efforts to halt the violence in Syria, where the United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed in the Syrian government's year-long crackdown on anti-regime protests.
"The stronger and more unified your message, the better chance we have of shifting the dynamics of the conflict," Annan was quoted as saying in an appeal to the Security Council.
Syria's foreign ministry said Friday that the country vowed to cooperate with Annan while fighting "terrorism," its term for the anti-regime revolt.
Annan has received a response to "concrete proposals" he submitted to Assad last weekend but had more "questions and is seeking answers," his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said on Thursday.