This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Anan, left, meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)
The United Nations' special envoy to Syria, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is resigning. Annan expressed his frustration with the escalating violence in Syria and the lack of cooperation from Assad and the UN security council.
He says he regrets failing to achieve a ceasefire between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow them. "The increasing militarization on ground and the clear lack of unity in the Security Council have fundamentally changed the circumstances for the effective exercise of my role. Yet the bloodshed continues, most of all because of the Syria government intransigence and continued refusal to implement the six point."
Annan referring there to a six -point peace plan he had designed, but has been unable to implement, in Syria. The United Nations accuses the Assad regime of committing atrocities in Syria's eighteen-month civil war. By some estimates, close to twenty thousand people have died.