Kofi Annan has stepped down as the UN’s special envoy to Syria, the Wall St. Journal reports. At an impromptu news conference, Annan said he has lost confidence in the ability of the Security Council to enforce a cease-fire and end the violence
“When the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger pointing and name calling in the Security Council,” Annan told reporters in Geneva, referring to the ongoing stand-off between veto-holding members of the security council; while the United States, the United Kingdom and France favour more intervention, China and Russia have stood against that.
Annan has served as the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria since February. While the security council came up with a six-point peace plan, dubbed the “Annan plan” to bring about a ceasefire in Syria the violence has only increased, despite the presence of hundreds of UN workers on the ground.