Annan 'frustrated and impatient' over continued violence in Syria

Kofi Annan said he was "frustrated and impatient" over the continued violence and killing in Syria, and said he wanted to see faster progress towards resolving the crisis.

Following talks in Beirut with Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati, he said:

I think perhaps I am more frustrated than most of you because I am in the thick of this. I want to see things move faster.

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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.