UFS Welcomes Annan's Admission of Peace Plan's Failure and UN Talks of a Better Plan

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United For A Free Syria (UFS) welcomes international envoy Kofi Annan’s admission that his six-point peace plan is failing. The Assad regime’s violence continues and after the devastating massacres in Qubair and Houla, UN leaders are considering more effective means of action.

The Assad Regime has steadily perpetrated ruthless crimes – such as those witnessed most recently in the Qubair and Houla massacres – in countless homes across Syria since the uprising began...

United For A Free Syria (UFS) welcomes international envoy Kofi Annan’s admission that his six-point peace plan is failing. The Assad regime’s violence continues and after the devastating massacres in Qubair and Houla, UN leaders are considering more effective means of action.

On Wednesday June 6, regime forces of Bashar Al-Assad perpetrated a new massacre in the village of Qubair in the province of Hama. The attack claimed the lives of at least 78 civilians, including 22 children and 20 women. As reported by The Guardian, according to the Revolution Leadership Council of Damascus:

“Qubair… was formed of only 25 houses inhabited by 150 people, now, more than half of them are killed. After shelling, shabiha and pro-regime militias armed with machine guns and knives stormed into the ranch in the midst of heavy gunfire, and raided civilian homes and randomly shot their residents. Shabiha then led many men outside their homes and slaughtered them.”

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UN monitors, whom were sent to assess the situation in Qubair, were turned back and even fired upon according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The Qubair Massacre took place 12 days after the May 25 Houla Massacre, which resulted in the brutal killing of 108 civilians, including 49 children.

A statement released by the White House’s Press Secretary on Syria condemns the Qubair Massacre, stating, “This, coupled with the Syrian regime’s refusal to let UN observers into the area to verify these reports, is an affront to human dignity and justice.”

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The U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria was launched four months ago in February 2012. The Syrian Network for Human Rights and Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies reported, on June 6, more than 809 violation points of Annan’s Plan. Violations include live gunfire, artillery shelling, raids, and attacks on peaceful civilians.

Today, international envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. General Assembly that his six-point peace plan is not being implemented by President Bashar Assad. According to NPR, Annan urged the international community to unite in a “new effort to end the escalating Syrian conflict, warning that if things don't change quickly the country will likely see brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence and all-out civil war.” Annan highlighted the need to "chart a clearer course for a peaceful transition."

UFS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha stated, “The Assad Regime has steadily perpetrated ruthless crimes – such as those witnessed most recently in the Qubair and Houla massacres – in countless homes across Syria since the uprising began in March 2011. Again, United For A Free Syria calls upon the United States and other friends of the Syrian people to support the establishment of safe zones, which would provide Syrians with civilian protection, critical access to food and medical aid, as well as material and logistical support for the revolutionary movement. Safe zones would also allow the Syrian people to exercise their inalienable right to defend themselves against the regime’s military onslaught.”

“Thus far, the world’s inaction has proven both deadly and dangerous; the international community must intervene.”

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