Kofi Annan, a special envoy to Syria for both the Arab League and the UN, left Damascus earlier today after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the Houla massacre. He failed to win an agreement from Assad to take any major steps to implement the UN peace plan that Annan had brokered. Despite new Western pressure on the Assad government, violence continued today, with shelling reported in the cities of Homs, Douma, Haish and Kafromah.
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