Today is the day that Kofi Annan was to say whether or not Damascus had immediately implemented the measures it had pledged to adopt: to cease troop movements toward cities, to end the use of heavy weapons against civilians, and to begin the pullback of security forces from population centers.
The letter that the special envoy sent to the Security Council today demonstrates and confirms the point to which Damascus is flouting its commitments and is adopting a confrontational stance toward its people and the international community.
The facts presented by the special envoy are unambiguous. Not only has the use of heavy weapons not ended, not only have releases of political prisoners been minimal compared with the dimensions of the crackdown, not only is Damascus now attacking its neighbors, but what was presented as a withdrawal is in fact only a thinly disguised redeployment.
In these circumstances, the international community now notes that Damascus has not respected its obligations of April 10. Bashar al-Assad has lied to Kofi Annan, who enjoys the international community’s full support. I regret it all the more in that the opposition was prepared to do its part, provided that Damascus respected its prior commitments.
At tomorrow’s G8 meeting, I will underscore the gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves. During our working meetings, I will insist on the need for the Security Council to draw all the consequences of this situation and study the new measures needed to impose an end to the violence and a political process.
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