Doha, June 02 (QNA) - Joint UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan on Saturday warned that Syria is on the brink of a sectarian civil war whose effects may go beyond borders. "There are signs of a looming civil war in Syria of a worrying sectarian nature, while the effects of the crisis started to leak to neighboring countries," Annan said in front of the meeting of the Arab ministerial committee on Syria, held in Doha earlier today.
Annan stressed that developments of the situation in Syria aren't acceptable any more for the Syrian people, the region and the international society. He pointed to the support of HE Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani and Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby for his "difficult" mission.
Annan said he will brief the UN General Assembly and Security Council on July 7 on the situation in Syria. He mentioned a summary of his mission and the steps taken so far, including the deployment of 291 observers and more than 90 UN officials who provide reports about the current situation there.
Anna expressed sorrow over the failure to achieve ceasefire, end hostilities, and launch a transitional process that accomplishes the aspirations of the Syrian people.
He said that the UN observer mission is doing its job in a professional and brave manner, and is in touch with the different sides, including political and armed opposition.
"I told (Syrian President) Assad he must act now to implement all points of the plan, and must make bold and visible steps immediately to radically change his military posture and honor commitment to withdraw heavy weapons and cease all violence," Annan said," Annan said.
The UN-Arab League joint envoy stressed that the commitment of Assad's regime to the six-point peace plan that he brokered in April is necessary to prove for the Syrian people and the international community its seriousness in solving the crisis.
Annan called on the international community to work for the full implementation of the peace plan, noting that it's time to seriously review the situation in Syria and think of the next step. (QNA)