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Annan: Syrian peace requires participation of key players

kofi annan

by Joseph Earnest  July 15, 2013


Newscast Media MOSCOWThere cannot be peace talks on Syria without the participation of key players like Iran and Saudi Arabia, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

Presenting his book, "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace" in Moscow on Monday, Annan said ''It had been difficult to put all parties to the crisis in Syria in one boat and make them head in one direction,'' indicating that Geneva conference was intended to do just that.

''We wanted to bring all countries with influence on the Syrian situation to one table, but we could not reach an agreement with Iran. Besides, Saudi Arabia was not represented after all.''

Annan added that the key players, namely Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia were not represented in Geneva conference, but ''their being at the dialogue table is inevitable,'' affirming that he believes the international community has to exert strenuous efforts to reach that end.

''We also need that the opposition unites which is still divided politically and militarily," Annan pointed out, considering that the UN Security Council cannot be effective unless ''it speaks with one voice.''

Annan was appointed UN special envoy to Syria on February 23, 2012 and served in the post until August 2, 2012.   Add Comments>>

Source: Syria Arab News Agency








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