Syrian Violence Continues After Peace Plan Deadline

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A caricature of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is spread on the ground as Syrian people demonstrate outside the Arab League building on January 22, 2012 in Cairo Egypt. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images/Getty)

Violence continues in Syria, a day after the UN-backed ceasefire deadline. Kofi Annan voiced his hopes that both sides would come to follow the six-point peace plan which required the Syrian government to pull back its troops from towns and cities by April 10 and enforce a full ceasefire within the next 48 hours.

At a conference in Hatay, Turkey, Annan said that he believed that "it’s a bit too early to say that the plan has failed. The plan is still on the table and it is a plan that we are all fighting to implement, and it is a plan that the council has endorsed and it is a plan that the Syrians have endorsed." But the question lingers: What will it take for Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces to stop what has been almost a year of continuous bloodshed?  For that, we speak with Stephen Kinzer, journalist, commentator, and Professor of International Relations at Boston University.


Stephen Kinzer

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Hsi-Chang Lin

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