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KOFI ANNAN QUITS SYRIAN MISSION FOLLOWING ABJECT FAILURE
August 2 2012
New York, NY – Kofi Annan wants no more of the conflict in Syria. Months after the former UN Secretary General created and tried to implement a peace plan for the country, a peace plan that was not adhered to for even a minute, Annan has quit the process.
In the wake of ever increasing violence in the country, violence which has killed thousands since Annan became involved, it had apparently become clear that his efforts were failing to gain traction and that the government was intent on continuing the war.
Annan is said to be disappointed by the failure of the mission and the plan, which was endorsed by nearly the entire world, and at moments has even been a little angry with the Syrian government for making promises they did not deliver on. Annan will reportedly no longer involve himself in any capacity in Syria and won’t even watch the news, so angry he is with the failure of his plan.
“Mr. Annan has informed me, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Nabil Elaraby, of his intention not to renew his mandate when it expires on 31 August 2012,” said current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Kofi Annan deserves our profound admiration for the selfless way in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to this most difficult and potentially thankless of assignments.”
Ban apparently chuckled after making that latter statement but UN officials later said it was just a cough, that he had a tickle in his throat.
It’s not clear what Annan will do now that he has left one more job unfinished but whatever he does end up doing will probably not work out all that well either.
“This certainly not the greatest news for Annan but at least it won’t really affect the situation on the ground in Syria, much like his actions didn’t really affect the situation on the ground in Syria. In fact all of this really didn’t affect that situation one way or the other so one has to kind of wonder what it was he was doing there in the first place,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I mean it was pretty clear to everyone, and even more clear now, that Syria really just wanted to kill people, lots of people, and any attempt to stop them was going to require a huge effort which is not something Annan really seemed willing to make. Besides, no one listened to Annan when he was in charge and nothing has really changed about that.”
Russia expressed regret over Annan’s decision to leave despite doing everything they could to undermine his plan.
“We don’t really need to wonder what’s going to happen in Syria without Annan around because we pretty much know what’s going to happen. The same thing that’s been happening for the last year and half will continue and that will be that,” continued Martinez. “I guess the only question left is what Annan will do with all this free time he suddenly has left. I suppose he could do stuff, stuff that makes him happy like fishing perhaps, or needlecraft. I’m sure he would have loved to have made this thing in Syria work but it was an impossible situation and he was totally the wrong person for it. Stamps perhaps, he can’t fail at stamp collecting I assume.”
Annan did apparently collect a handful of stamps while in Syria, only to lose them while getting on the plane out of the country.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent