Violence In Syria Reportedly Continues; Annan Seeks Help From Iran

As al-Jazeera and other news outlets report being told by activists that Syrian government forces are shelling the city of Homs and attacking and arresting opponents of President Bashar Assad in other places, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan continues to press for a true ceasefire to take effect on Thursday.

In Tehran today, Bloomberg News reports, Annan told reporters that failing to stop the violence could have “unimaginable consequences.” And Annan said that Iran, one of Assad’s supporters in the region, favors his six-point plan for ending the bloodshed.

“Iran, given its special relations with Syria, can be part of the solution” if it helps convince the Assad regime to stand down, Annan added.

The U.N. estimates that more than 9,000 people have died in Syria, most at the hands of government forces, since anti-regime protests began a little more than a year ago.

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