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Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan

Annan in Baghdad aimed at salvaging peace plan for Syrian crisis

(Dp-news - AP)

BAGHDAD- UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan arrived Tuesday in Iraq on an outreach tour to Syria's allies in the Mideast, after a one-day trip to Iran, a key Damascus ally.



Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says Annan will meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss ways to end the bloodshed in neighboring Syria.

Al-Dabbagh says Baghdad plans to offer solutions to the 16-month-old crisis. He did not offer any details.



The trips to Iraq and Iran come a day after Annan agreed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a new framework to stop the violence.





Annan is reaching out to Syria's allies to salvage his faltering peace plan to end the Syrian crisis, which activists say has killed more than 17,000 people.

Annan brokered a six-point peace plan earlier this year, but it has struggled to gain traction on the ground.



Government forces and rebels have widely disregarded a cease-fire that was to begin in April, and spreading violence has kept nearly 300 U.N. observers monitoring the truce stuck in their hotels in Syria.



After a two-hour meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, Annan said the men had agreed on "an approach" to stop the violence, and that the diplomat would share it with the armed opposition.



Annan has declined to provide more details on the new framework Tuesday in Tehran, saying only that "it relates to the efforts to end the violence.

"The details (have) to be worked out with the opposition. We have to discuss this with them. That's why I can't go into details but it relates to end the violence," he told reporters.



But the U.N. envoy stressed the urgency of finding a solution to the crisis.

"If we don't make a real effort to resolve this issue peacefully and it were to get out of hand and spread in the region, it can lead to consequences that none of us could imagine," Annan said.

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