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Topic - Annan
Kofi Annan has resigned as the United Nations' and the Arab League's special envoy for the Syrian crisis.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has discussed the possibility of forming a transitional Syrian government as proposed by an international conference in Geneva last month, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, is summoning permanent members of the U.N. Security Council for a conference on Syria but has not invited Iran or Saudi Arabia, two of the biggest regional players.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy on Syria, urged Syria's government on Sunday to implement fully its commitment to a cease-fire, and he condemned "a surge in violence and atrocities" that is occurring there.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan left Syria on Sunday without a deal to end the bloody year-old conflict as regime forces mounted a new assault on rebel strongholds in the north.
"At a time when we need — when the Syrian people desperately need — action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council," Mr. Annan said.
He added that he had no “Plan B” but another envoy might have new ideas.