Date: Tuesday, 29-May-2012, 10:50 AM | Message # 1
Kofi Annan's peace plan faces a severe test - as the man behind the initiative arrives in Syria just days after one of the bloodiest episodes in the uprising's history. Having met in Moscow, the foreign ministers of Britain and Russia say they're committed as ever to the plan - albeit with glaring differences. RT's Egor Piskunov has more on their views.
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the murder of 108 men, women and children in the Syrian village of Houla. According to initial reports, many of the victims were executed at point blank-range. The Syrian government has flat-out rejected responsibility for the murders - saying a third-party is behind the slaughter - aimed at destabilizing the situation. Syria's largest and best armed rebel group reacted to the slaughter saying it won't abide by an international ceasefire unless the UN intervenes. RT's correspondent Anastasia Churkina has more on the Security Council's response. Also the rebels are adamant that the blame for the Houla massacre lies with the government. But former Pentagon official Michael Maloof says the rebels' side of the story just doesn't add up.