- Associated Press - Thursday, June 7, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan is urging the world’s nations to unite behind a new effort to end the escalating Syrian conflict and says there should be “consequences” if his peace plan isn’t implemented.

Annan told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the time has come to determine what more can be done.

He urged the international community to take their unity to a new level and “genuinely unite behind one process and act and speak with one voice.”

If this happens, he said, “I believe it is still possible to avert the worst” — increasing violence, polarization and radicalization, and the spillover of the conflict.

Annan expressed “horror and condemnation” at Wednesday’s massacre and said “we cannot allow mass killing to become part of every day reality in Syria.”