The UN-Arab League joint special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan has announced he is leaving his post. In a news conference, he said the Syrian people “desperately need action” but criticised the UN Security Council for “finger-pointing and name-calling”. Annan authored a six-point peace plan for Syria which was intended to bring an end to the fighting. But the plan was never fully adhered to by either side and the violence has continued to escalate. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was “with deep regret” that he announced Annan would not renew his mandate when it expires at the end of August.