Clinton to meet with UN-Arab League envoy Annan as Syria peace plan teeters

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, whose U.N.-Arab League-backed Syrian peace plan is in danger of failing, plans to meet with Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPro-Trump group pulls ads targeting GOP senator on ObamaCare repeal Stone to testify before House Intel Committee next month Overnight Cybersecurity: New ransomware attack spreads globally | US pharma giant hit | House intel panel interviews Podesta | US, Kenya deepen cyber partnership MORE this week, according to his spokesman.

Annan will meet with Clinton on Friday in Washington, following his briefing to the U.N. Security Council this Thursday, spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told Reuters Television in Geneva.

In an interview, Fawzi said Annan is still pushing his six-point peace plan, agreed to in April, as “the only option on the table” in Syria.

But the cease-fire in Syria, a key part of Annan’s plan, is in serious peril, as violence has not stopped and a massacre last week that left more than 100 dead sparked an international outcry.

"He feels that perhaps the time has come, or is approaching, when the international community has to review the situation, the crisis in Syria, and decide what needs to be done to ensure implementation of the six-point plan," Fawzi said.

As part of Annan’s plan, 300 U.N. observers have traveled to Syria, but that too has not quelled the violence there.

The international community has accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of being behind the massacre in Houla, although Assad has claimed his forces were not to blame.

Fawzi said the massacre was a “turning point in the crisis.”

In the wake of the massacre, the Obama administration acknowledged that Annan’s plan was in danger, but the administration has rebuffed calls to arm anti-Assad opposition forces or use airstrikes to establish safe havens, actions that some in Congress have been clamoring for.

The White House says it wants a political transition in which Assad leaves power.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Obama last week for the administration’s inaction, calling for the administration to arm the Syrian opposition. Others, like Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSenators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan Changing America: America’s growing education divide Congress needs to support the COINS Act MORE (R-Ariz.), have gone further and called for airstrikes, saying the Annan peace plan has already failed and the international community must do more.

Annan’s spokesman on Monday disputed the notion that the peace plan could not work.

“Many people like you have questioned whether the six-point plan has failed — whether it is the end, whether it is dead,” Fawzi said. “They've written the obituary already. But we will continue to pursue the plan because it is the only option on the table at the moment.”