Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy
ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) - World powers traded blame on Friday after Mr Kofi Annan quit as international peace envoy to Syria, complaining that his initiative to end the bloodshed there never received the support it deserved.
As Syria's government deployed fighter jets against rebels armed with tanks around the commercial capital Aleppo, the outgoing United Nations (UN)-Arab League envoy voiced regret at the "increasing militarisation" of the nearly 17-month conflict.
The former UN secretary general hit out at "continuous finger-pointing and name-calling" at the UN Security Council, which he said had prevented coordinated action to stop the violence.
"I did not receive all the support that the cause deserved," Mr Annan told a hastily arranged news conference in Geneva.