Annan intends to have 'serious and frank' talks with Syrian government

UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan on his arrival in Damascus Credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters

International mediator Kofi Annan said on Monday he was horrified by the killings in the Syrian town of Houla.

He urged the Syrian government to take bold steps to show it was serious about reaching a peaceful solution to the country's crisis.

Speaking shortly after arriving in Damascus for talks with the government, Annan said he expected to have "serious and frank discussions" with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.