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» 07/10/2012
SYRIA
Annan announces new plan for Syrian crisis with participation of Tehran
The UN and Arab League envoy arrived in Iran last night. He will try to convince the main ally of the regime of Bashar al-Assad to cooperate for a peaceful resolution of conflict. Criticism of the Syrian opposition, against dialogue with the regime and its allies.

Damascus (AsiaNews) - UN and Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan, has announced an agreement with President Bashar al-Assad for a new plan to be submitted to the rebels to end 16 months of violence. Today, the former Secretary General of the United Nations will be in Tehran, where he will meet Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's foreign minister, to convince Damascus' main ally to work for a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

In recent months Annan, has repeatedly tried to engage Iran in negotiations, despite the opposition of the United States, Europe and Syrian rebels. The Syrian National Council (SNC) yesterday criticized the diplomatic mission calling it a "failure" and demanding once again, decisive action by the international community to stop bombings and clashes.

The new plan by UN and Arab League envoy proposed last June 30 at Geneva in accordance with the regime and rebels, is for the creation of safe conditions for a ceasefire, to allow freedom of movement for humanitarian agencies. On the diplomatic front, the hypothesis is the formation of a coalition government with opposition members and members of the former regime, respecting the national sovereignty of Syria. However, many think it will be almost impossible to implement the plan even with the help of Tehran. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and SNC reject any solution involving agreements or contacts with the regime and for months have called for armed intervention along the lines of the one in Libya.

Meanwhile, the army continues to bombard the rebel stronghold of Qusayr. Dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds were forced to flee their homes. Images broadcast by the rebels on the internet showed several wounded children. Clashes also took place in Damascus and Aleppo, where the war has not spared even the central districts of the city.

 


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See also
04/17/2012 SYRIA
As rebels and regime violate the ceasefire, Kofi Annan's plan collapses
02/24/2012 SYRIA
Kofi Annan, UN and the Arab League "envoy" in Syrian crisis
07/11/2012 SYRIA
Annan continues effort to engage Iran and Iraq in the peace plan for Syria
03/27/2007 SAUDI ARABIA – ARAB LEAGUE
Some positive moves from Riyadh summit for Israel, not for Lebanon
07/05/2012 SYRIA
Nuncio in Damascus: All peace initiatives to end the war in Syria

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