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UN envoy Annan may urge powers to 'twist arms' to halt Syria violence

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Sunday, June 10, 2012 purports to show Syrians holding a poster in Arabic that reads, "are you stupid? or acting stupid? there is no logical person on this earth who actually believes there is a political solution," during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Idlib province, northern Syria. Syrian activists say tens of thousands of people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011. The situation has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the bloodshed. The government restricts journalists from moving freely, making it nearly impossible to independently verify accounts from either side. (AP Photo/Raed al-Fares, Shaam News Network, SNN)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO

GENEVA - A spokesman for Kofi Annan says the U.N.'s envoy on Syria could be forced to ask governments with influence to "twist arms" to enforce the peace plan for the country.

Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that escalating violence in Syria mirrors the spike in fighting that occurred shortly before a ceasefire plan was agreed in April.

Fawzi says that with sectarian violence rising and spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon, Annan is pushing countries with influence "to put irrevocable pressure on the parties to implement the plan and stop the killing."

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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