Annan in Syria for Talks With Assad

UN envoy arrives as Clinton warns time is running out
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2012 10:35 AM CDT
Annan in Syria for Talks With Assad
A March for the Syrian People gathers protesters in front of the Pantheon in Paris, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Demonstrators waving Syrian flags took to the streets to protest against Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad.    (Remy de la Mauviniere)

Kofi Annan is on the ground in Syria, with a spokesman confirming that the UN special envoy has arrived in Damascus and will meet with embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Annan's arrival comes a day after he admitted to Le Monde that his six-point peace plan "had failed," reports the BBC. It's Annan's third trip to Syria since violence began, notes al-Jazeera, and comes as Hillary Clinton today warned that "the sand is running out of the hourglass" for Assad, reports CNN. State media today reported that Syria's military had conducted "large-scale" maneuvers. (More Kofi Annan stories.)

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