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    » 07/11/2012, 00.00

    SYRIA

    Annan continues effort to engage Iran and Iraq in the peace plan for Syria



    The UN and Arab League envoy is optimistic and says that Tehran may have a "positive role" in resolving the crisis. Assertion disputed by the U.S.. The Lebanese army reinforces control over the Syrian border. A Russian naval squadron sent to Tartus.

    Beirut (AsiaNews) - After Tehran, Baghdad:  Kofi Annan, the UN envoy and the Arab League, is following his plan to engage in an attempt to stop the crisis involving Syria's neighbors, politically and geographically.

     "My trip - he said yesterday in a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - has touched Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad. I had the opportunity to discuss with leaders the need to stop the killings, in the interests of the Syrian people and to prevent the spread of the conflict to neighboring countries. "

    In fact, Annan warned both countries about the danger that what is now a civil war will spread beyond the Syrian borders. In this regard, the Iraqi prime minister has assured support to Annan's mediation, after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, had claimed that Tehran can play a "positive role" and found in Iran "support and cooperation." This statement was echoed in Iran which claims that the country is "part of the solution."

    A sentence immediately questioned by Washington. Jay Carney, White House spokesman, stated "no one can be convinced that Iran could have a positive impact on the development" of the Syrian crisis.

    Besides the diplomatic front, there are now two additional elements. The first is from Lebanon: The Lebanese army commander, General Jean Kahwagi, said today that he needed two thousand men to control the north of the country. Kahwagi was referring to the decision taken on Monday by the Lebanese government, after two people were killed in a Syrian aerial bombing.

    The second is from Russia. The Interfax news agency has reported that a Russian naval expedition is being dispatched to a base in Tartus, northern Syria. (PD)

     

     

     

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    10/07/2012 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.

    10/04/2012 SYRIA - UN
    Moscow wants Damascus to implement Kofi Annan plan. Opposition and U.S. skeptical
    As of today there should be withdrawal of troops and armed forces from the city. But there were bombs in Harasta and Mariah. Kofi Annan is in Turkey on the way to Tehran, to ask Iran for cooperation for the peace plan for Syria. Yesterday some Syrian refugees in Turkey hit, Lebanese cameraman killed.

    29/05/2012 SYRIA - UN
    Damascus, Annan meets Assad to save the peace plan
    Face to face talks overshadowed by Houla "massacre". The diplomat has called the slaughter "repulsive" and called for an end to the violence. The UN Security Council has condemned Damascus for the use of heavy weapons. But the Syrian government points the finger at rebels and fighters. The Holy See's appeal to the parties involved and the entire international community to "end to all forms of violence".

    08/06/2012 SYRIA
    Annan peace plan for Syria needs Security Council action
    UN-Arab League envoy calls on SC members to put pressure on regime, blamed for most of the violence in the country. Sources tell AsiaNews that the fight for democracy that started in 2011 has led to a factional fight with fighting to continue with or without Assad.

    05/06/2012 SYRIA
    Syrian rebels invoke "total war". Assad expels some ambassadors
    Opponents no longer respect the cease-fire in effect since April 12. New army being planned-funded by Sunni Muslim countries. Assad declares ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, France and Turkey no longer welcome.



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