Earlier Thursday, Annan urged the United Nations to ramp up the pressure on Syria following another massacre that western nations are blaming on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. The United States, Great Britain and France are reportedly drawing up a sanctions resolution but China and Syrian ally Russia have vetoed such measures in the past.
“Syria is a real, real challenge,” Annan said Friday. “Some say the plan may be dead. Is the problem the plan, or … implementation? If it's implementation, how do we get action on that? And if it's with the plan, what other options do we have? So all these questions are now being discussed and we are also exploring how we can work with other governments in the region and around the world to achieve our goals.”