An analyst says the West abused the six-point peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan, who recently resigned as UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, as a ploy to reorganize and rearm the foreign-backed insurgents.
In an article published on the Press TV Website, Finian Cunningham pointed out how the Syrian insurgents had expanded their campaign of “sabotage and terror” from “isolated pockets” such as Homs and Hama into the capital Damascus and second city, Aleppo, since Annan’s assignment.
“Rather than it (Annan’s plan) being a bona fide attempt to negotiate a peaceful solution, it appears that the Western powers and their regional allies were cynically using it as a space to regroup and replenish the armed groups with personnel, arms and logistics to launch a more deadly assault on the Syrian government and society at large,” Finian Cunningham wrote in an article published on the Press TV Website.
Cunningham, thus, described Annan’s resignation as resembling “a wounded body being dumped out of a moving car as it recklessly speeds on.”
“It would appear that the hapless Annan has served his purpose for the Western powers. He afforded them political cover and space to develop their criminal agenda for regime change. Now it’s time to throw him from the Western vehicle as it moves on to the next and more dangerous phase of its roadmap for Syria.”
Annan announced Thursday the decision to end his mission in Syria, citing the increasing militarization of the unrest.
After being appointed as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, he proposed a six-point peace plan to restore calm in the crisis-hit country.
The plan envisaged a ceasefire between foreign-backed insurgents and the Syrian government forces, a deal which went into effect in mid-April but failed to end the violence as the insurgents refused to lay down their arms.
In a comment article published in the Financial Times on Thursday, Annan acknowledged the Syrian government implemented the ceasefire on April 12, but that “sustained international support did not follow, however. The ceasefire quickly unraveled,” Cunningham pointed out.
“What the tepid diplomat (Annan) refrains from saying is that the US and its allies wrecked an opportunity for peace,” he added.
“In truth, Annan’s peace plan never stood a chance of succeeding. This was because the US, Britain and France were talking out of both sides of their mouths. While these powers were purportedly endorsing the Annan proposal, they were at the same time stepping up support for the armed mercenaries that have infiltrated Syria since March 2011.”