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Annan in Damascus in May, 2012 (Reuters)
Annan in Damascus in May, 2012 (Reuters)

Annan in Damascus on Monday as Violence Intensifies

( Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)

DAMASCUS- Syria official Ikhbaria TV reports Sunday that Kofi Annan is expected in Damascus on Monday. Syria TV gives no further information for this leaked news.

Syria`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdissi said at his Facebook account “Int. Envoy for Syria crisis, Kofi Annan, to visit Syria on Monday.”

Special U.N. envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged in an interview published Saturday that the international community's efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed.



"The evidence shows that we have not succeeded," he told the French daily Le Monde.



Annan, the special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, is the architect of the most prominent international plan to end the crisis in Syria.



“Syria Welcomes the Concluding Statement of Geneva Meeting, Particularly on Commitment to Syria' Sovereignty, Independence and Territorial Integrity.” Syria`s Foreign Ministry said in a statement last Wednesday.

The Official source at Syria`s Foreign Ministry stated that Syria welcomes the concluding statement of Geneva meeting, particularly the fundamental points on commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said last Wednesday.



Syria's military had begun large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside "aggression," the state-run news agency said Sunday — an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the country's crisis.



The exercise began Saturday with naval forces in a scenario where they repelled an attack from the sea, and will include air and ground forces over the next few days, SANA agency said. State TV broadcast footage of missiles being fired from launch vehicles and warships.



United Nations & Arab League envoy for Syria crisis, Kofi Annan had announced his six-point plan that was to begin with a cease-fire in mid-April between government forces and rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad. But the truce never took hold, and now the almost 300 U.N. observers sent to monitor the cease-fire are confined to their hotels because of the escalating violence.

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