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Monday, July 9, 2012

Assad Agrees 'Approach' To End Syria Conflict

Kofi Annan says he will share the results of discussions with Bashar al Assad with the Syrian opposition.

International envoy Kofi Annan has said he and Syria's president have agreed on an "approach" to end the country's conflict that will be put to the rebels.

"We discussed the need to end the violence and ways and means of doing so. We agreed an approach which I will share with the armed opposition," he told reporters after meeting Bashar al Assad in Damascus.

Stepping up political efforts to halt the carnage which monitors say has cost more than 17,000 lives, the UN-Arab League envoy is reportedly travelling on to Iran, Syria's close ally.

The former UN chief said he had a "constructive" meeting with Mr Assad, on his third mission to discuss the six-point peace plan for Syria since he was appointed in February.

"President Assad reassured me of the government's commitment to the six-point plan which, of course, we should move ahead to implement in a much better fashion than has been the situation so far," Annan said.

Sky's defence and security editor Sam Kiley said these latest talks "do not change anything" and Mr Annan's six-point plan had "gone nowhere so far". Read More