Syria faces challenge from international convention

A major conference is being held in Tunisia to seek a get through in the more and more bitter Syrian strife. On the eve of the conference, the UN and Arab League appointed Kofi Annan as their envoy to Syria. The talks are doubtful to persuade Damascus to change its stance towards the uprising but will increase the force on it.

The conference will agree a declaration on Syria, expected to demand an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assessment, with the threat of further sanctions if ignored. The UN said in a statement he would offer good offices aimed at bringing an end to all hostility and human rights violations, and promoting a peaceful explanation to the Syrian calamity.

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