Syria rebuffs mediation offer
March 13th, 2012
06:51 PM ET

Syria rebuffs mediation offer

By Elise Labott and Joe Vaccarello

President Bashar al-Assad rebuffed the efforts of the joint UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to mediate an end to the violence, three administration officials tell CNN.

Ahmad Fawzi, Annan’s spokesperson, said that the Syrians did respond to proposals Annan presented when he visited Syria this week.

“The Syrians did respond," Fawzi said in a telephone interview with CNN. He said that Annan briefed UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon about the response.

Fawzi didn't provide details but said he hoped to say more by 6a ET Wednesday.

But the three sources said that al-Assad replied to Annan's proposals by saying he doesn't recognize Annan as the Arab League’s representative and he will not do anything until the opposition lays down its arms.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Michael Dokshin

    When I was four years old, I was thinking that the UN Secretary-General is the chief man in the world. Thanks, Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, the killers of Santa Claus!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:18 am | Reply
    • Vijayakumar

      19f@jackjohnsonsonson You don't know anything you dumb fool. The Health care bill Obama, your bbeais momma has pushed through will raise taxes and now since it has past and you think ur rescued , only now comes the talk of a national tax,and higher taxes Look educate your self, or ask you parents to use condoms for the next child they plan for the sake of this country.

      April 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  2. concerned citizen

    No, its time to focus on Israeli attrocities, and the part they play in the current mid east conflicts.

    As a Jew, I promise that we do not all support aparteid Israel.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • Volara

      God bless the Internet for making such idiocy be known!

      March 15, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply

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