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FACTDROP: Kofi Annan's mission is Syria's last chance: Russia


Kofi Annan's mission is Syria's last chance: Russia

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev (L) talks with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan during their meeting in Moscow March 25, 2012.

Πηγή : The Times of India
By Reuters
March 25 2012

MOSCOW: Russian president Dmitry Medvedev voiced strong support on Sunday for UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's mission to end a year of violence in Syria, saying it could be the last chance to avert an even bloodier civil war.

"This may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a long-lasting and bloody civil war. Therefore we will offer you our full support at any level," Medvedev told Annan at a meeting at a Moscow airport.

Annan said that "Syria has an opportunity today to work with me and this mediation process to put an end to the conflict, to the fighting, allow access to those in need of humanitarian assistance as well as embark on a political process" that would lead to a peaceful settlement.

Russia, which accuses other nations of encouraging opponents of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, urged UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to work hard with the government and opposition to seek peace, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

In a meeting with Annan, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov "underscored the need to end violence from all sides and establish a broad Syrian political dialogue ... He called on the special envoy to work actively toward that aim with both the authorities and the opposition," a statement said.

Lavrov also said that to support Anna's mission, nations must refrain from interfering in Syria affairs or taking sides in the confrontation between the government and opponents.

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