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Statement attributable to the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, Geneva, 13 July 2012

Annan13luglioI am shocked and appalled by news coming out of the village of Trem-seh, near Hama, of intense fighting, significant casualties, and the confirmed use of heavy weaponry such as artillery, tanks and helicopters. This is in violation of the Government’s undertaking to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres and its commitment to the six-point plan.

UNSMIS stands ready to go in and seek verification of the facts, if and when circumstances permit. The freedom of movement of the Observers must be respected.

I condemn these atrocities in the strongest possible terms. It is yet another reminder of the nightmare and the horrors Syrian civilians are being subjected to.

It is desperately urgent that this violence and brutality stops and more important than ever that governments with influence exert it more effectively to ensure that the violence ends – immediately.
To read the remarks to the press by the Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, General Robert Mood, Damascus, July 13 2012, click here.

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