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Ban: Annan to Return to Syria “Very Soon”
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kofi annanUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that UN-Arab League special envoy was set to return to the Damascus “very soon”.


"Mr Annan briefed the Security Council on Friday, and I expect him to return to Damascus very soon," Ban told a defense conference in Jakarta.


Ban announcement came a day after Western powers agreed to change a proposed UN Security Council statement on Syria after Russia refused to back any ultimatum to President Bashar al-Assad.


The proposed statement aims to reinforce international backing for Annan's efforts to end the crisis in Syria.ban ki-moon


Ban earlier set immediate priorities in order to find a solution for the crisis, as he said that the situation in Syria was “unacceptable”, urging the international community to “act immediately”.


"Our priorities are three: first an immediate end to the violence -- all violence -- and engage in inclusive political dialogue to shape the future of Syria as civilian people want to create, and thirdly we have to provide immediately and urgently humanitarian actions," he said.

Annan and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi also called for a “united international stand” on the crisis.

Source: Agencies

21-03-2012 - 09:24 Last updated 21-03-2012 - 09:24 | 1238 View
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User Comments Number of comments: 1
1 - TURKEY READIES SYRIAN BUFFER ZONE PLAN
Gimal | Yemen 08:36 2012-03-22
Annan may be too late. Turkey has discreetly begun preparations for a buffer zone on the Syrian side of
the border between the two countries. - One official said about 500 specialised soldiers had arrived in
the area recently to look at military options for the buffer zone and the handling of more refugees….

 

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