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Annan struggles to save Syria truce

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 01:27

May 29 - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan meets with President Bashar al-Assad following last week's killing of 108 people in Houla. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Amateur footage captures a chaotic and bloody scene in what is believed to be Houla, Syria. More than 100 are dead after the Friday attack - most executed by a pro-government militia, the UN says. In response, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan heads to a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday. Annan said he was shocked and horrified by the mass killing. He was joined by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, who insists Syria has not violated the six-week-old ceasefire. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FAISAL MIQDAD, SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, SAYING: "We think that Mr. Annan will make all efforts, in the next few days and weeks, to convince the countries that are financing and supporting those terrorist groups to stop lying about wanting the plan to succeed." Neither international condemnations nor the presence of UN monitors have stemmed continued violence throughout the supposed truce. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Annan struggles to save Syria truce

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 01:27