Annan urges `consequences` if no Syria cease-fire

Annan is urging UNSC to send a message to Syria and Opposition that there will be consequences if they don`t comply with demands of cease-fire.

Updated: Jul 12, 2012, 00:47 AM IST

United Nations: A UN diplomat says international envoy Kofi Annan is urging the UN Security Council to send a message to the Syrian government and the opposition that there will be consequences if they don`t comply with demands for an immediate cease-fire.

Russia and China have repeatedly blocked Western efforts to even threaten sanctions against the Syrian government.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because Annan`s videoconference briefing from Geneva on Wednesday was at a closed session, said the council should insist on implementation of its resolutions which included a strong endorsement of his six-point peace plan.
That plan calls for an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from populated areas by the Syrian government to be followed by an opposition cessation of hostilities.

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