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UN Envoy Says Syria Massacre is a 'Tipping Point.'  It’s Not.
Image provided by the Shaam News Network that purports to show the bodies of civilians killed during the Houla massacre on May 25. (AP)
May 30, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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Despite UN special envoy Kofi Annan calling last week’s massacre in the Syrian town of Houla – where 108 were killed, including 34 women and 49 children – “a tipping point” and the expulsion of Syrian diplomats from several countries over the incident, there is little prospect of meaningful action by the UN or the West.

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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