Annan Has Message for Every Syrian Holding a Gun

Lay down your arms, he says
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
Annan Has Message for Every Syrian Holding a Gun
UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria (JSE) Kofi Annan, speaks during a press conference after his arrival in Damascus, Syria, Monday, May 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

Kofi Annan arrived in Syria today on the heels of the Houla massacre, and he came with tough words for both sides, reports CNN. Annan, who promised his meeting with President Bashar al-Assad tomorrow would include "serious" discussions, had a message for "everyone with a gun": Put down your weapon and stick to the peace plan. "I am personally shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in Houla, which took so many innocent lives," he said, according to his rep.

"I urge the government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process," he continued. "And this message of peace is not only for the government, but for everyone with a gun." The Los Angeles Times reports that Annan is expected to pressure Syria to actually abide by the six-point plan that was agreed upon in March—which rebels called "dead" after the Houla killings. (More Kofi Annan stories.)

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