May 24th, 2012
05:59 PM ET

U.N. chief: 'No Plan B' in Syria

With the carnage in Syria that has left thousands dead now entering its fifteenth month, the United Nations Secretary General says there is no clear path beyond the current mission being led by Kofi Annan.

"At this time, we don't have any plan B," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview for 'Amanpour' on CNN International. "The joint special envoy Kofi Annan has proposed six peace proposals, among which the complete cessation of violence is number one. Unfortunately, this has not been implemented while with the deployment of monitoring missions, we have seen some dampening effect."

Many regard the Annan mission in Syria to be a failure already.

There will be discussions in the Security Council next week about the situation in Syria Mr. Ban said, and he will make a report about the situation. But the lack of cooperation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making the situation very difficult.

Watch the Secretary General discuss the situation in Syria with Christiane Amanpour here.


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  1. carolyn rose

    My 2nd husband was a syrian back in the 1970's through eighties. The Assad family was in control
    then and these people have lived thus for many many years. They seldom protest their leadership
    and on the surface, had few complaints. He came to the US for business reasons and was supported
    by relations already embeded here. Over time, generations change in their expectations but suddenly
    realize that leadership seldom does as control becomes the total aim of dictatorships. Usually the control
    measures are implemented secretly and slowly over time. The Syrian people now face the consequences
    of their own ignorance and passiveness. They are not alone as many others are waking up to the same
    consequence. America is on that same journey and will soon find ourselves at odds with each
    other politically at the grass roots level as attemps toward socialist change create instability
    across the board. America can no longer afford to save others from the consequences of their
    own choices and neither can we afford to rule the world........not without outright putting our
    tax payers into slavery. Americans, for a very long time have been quietly ripped off by our
    own leaders we have sent to represent us. Our retirements are gone, our medical care is
    under threat from socialization. The money paid in by the baby boomers for retirement,
    medicare has been stolen by our own congress and the last 5 Pres. Our tax burden in the
    future will require everything we own and everything our children will own to repay. Our
    money has been devalued to mere paper or fiat good only as long as the powers that be
    say so. Our way of life has been undermined by the very same people we trusted to protect it.
    We cannot even guarantee the future of our young people as their lives are taken from them
    in wars that never end under the guise of an endangered America. How many more of our
    children can we sacrifice for countries who hate us? Americans are becoming enslaved
    as our own government sends billions of our tax dollars to our avowed enemies who channel
    it on to finance the killings of our own people...remember 911? Afganistan takes our billions
    for 10 years and while our children die on their soil, they finannce the terror plans that are ment
    for Americans. I'm old and ill now but as I look into the future, I pray for our children and grandchildren
    and I fear.........

    May 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  2. Nadim

    Why do we the U.S. need a plan B? It's not our problem and shouldn't be our problem. Let the Arabs, Russians, and Chinese worry about it. We have our own problems to worry about.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  3. birgit Baglien

    I was in syria last March, and i am very upset that the hohl world is looking arway all this Family and childern binging killed why can we help dose peopeol, it breaks my Heart iam from Germany i know what it feels like to live to a War.this poor Syrian Familys are no Differant than you and me...the are good Peopeol...HELP>>SOS FOR SYRIA

    May 25, 2012 at 5:44 am | Reply
  4. Hahahahahaha

    Everyone has a plan B. It's just that it end up that the US is the only one to pay for it (or should I say mortgage it like the GOP does). Hahahahahahahaha

    May 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply

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