March 13 - United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan awaits word from the Syrian regime as amateur video purportedly shows the continuing assault on Homs. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Warning: edit contains graphic material Gunfire and shelling continue unabated in Syria. This amateur video appears to show a man being shot at as he helps another injured man. The footage, purportedly shot in Homs, comes as U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is the latest diplomat to attempt to avert the crisis. Annan addressed reporters in Turkey after meeting with Syrian leaders including President Bashar al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN ARAB LEAGUE ENVOY KOFI ANNAN SAYING: "I am expecting to hear from the Syrian authorities today since I left some concrete proposals for them to consider. Once I receive their answer we will know how to react. But let me say the killing and violence must cease. The Syrian people have gone through a lot and they deserve better." If no diplomatic solution is reached, the head of the Syrian National Council said foreign countries will arm rebel fighters. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL BURHAN GHALLIOUN SAYING: "Some states have promised weapons but the real aim now is a political and diplomatic solution and this is a race against time. If this does not come about those states will provide that help." The international community has thus far made few strides in persuading Assad to step aside. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters