US planning for failure of UN mission in Syria

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Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:20 PM
US planning for failure of UN mission in Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. is preparing for the potential failure of former U.N. chief Kofi Annan's plan to end the violence in Syria and will take additional steps against the Syrian government if it does.

Clinton on Tuesday condemned reports that U.N. ceasefire monitors have been unable to do their job properly and that violence is continuing. She said the U.S. and its allies are committed to Annan's plan and want it to succeed. But she said there is no faith that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government will comply with it.

Anticipating failure, Clinton said work was under way to come up with additional U.S. sanctions to further punish and isolate the Assad regime.