Annan concerned over ‘Alarming levels’ of Syria casualties


UNITED NATIONS : International envoy Kofi Annan said that he is concerned that violence is clearly continuing in Syria, with “alarming levels” of casualties being reported daily.

Annan told the U.N. General Assembly in a videoconference briefing from Geneva on Thursday that Syria has informed him of a partial withdrawal from several towns and cities, but he said more far-reaching action is “urgently needed.”

He appealed for an immediate end to all violence and a speedy start to an inclusive political dialogue involving all Syrian parties.