Annan fears it will ‘spiral out of control’

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told the UN Security Council that the Syria crisis will “spiral out of control” unless substantial pressure is put on President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats said. Annan renewed calls for the major powers to warn Assad of “clear consequences” if he does not comply with a six-point international peace plan. “The longer we wait, the darker the future looks for Syria,” Annan was quoted as telling the 15-member council. The Assad regime has used heavy weapons, armor-piercing bullets and surveillance drones against UN observers in Syria.

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