Russia's Medvedev: Annan mission to Moscow is Assad's 'last chance'

Russia's Medvedev: Annan mission to Moscow is Assad's 'last chance'

Moscow : Russia | Mar 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM PDT
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The ministry said Annan should work with both sides in the conflict in Syria

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria on Sunday that his mission "may be the last chance for Syria to end a year of violence and to avert an even bloodier civil war as he promised Russia's full support.

Kofi Annan in response thanked President Medvedev for his support.

During the meeting, Medvedev conveyed to Annan the Russian position towards the conflict. "We appreciate your efforts at the highest level. This is probably the last chance for Syria to avoid a bloody civil war. Your mission will be successful and we intend to support you in every way," the Russian leader stated.

Medvedev and Annan agreed that any solution for Syria can only be non-military and must involve a ceasefire and and reach a peaceful resolution of the crisis. They also agreed to maintain contacts with both the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition.

Annan has proposed general principles for settlement of the Syrian crisis namely the cessation of violence by all parties involved, the establishment of a monitoring mechanism, free access to all Syrians to humanitarian assistance and the beginning of a political dialogue between the Syrians. The members of the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed these proposals.

Given the position of the Syrian leadership, Moscow believes that Annan's mission is primarily to convince the opponents of Bashar Assad to get to the negotiating table to reach a compromise with the authorities.

In a related development,according to Al Arabiya news, Free Syrian Army General Mustafa Ahmad al-Sheikh said that the armed opposition received pledges for military aid and that the recent formation of a military council grouping all rebel commanders was meant to ensure that weapons received don’t go into the wrong hands.

Head of the Free Syrian Army, Riad al-Asaad, had announced the formation of the military council, which includes Syria’s most senior army deserter General Mustafa Ahmad al-Sheikh.

It is worth mentioning that the U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to assist non-Syrian military rebels, including in communications equipment and medical equipment, said Sunday the assistant adviser to the U.S. National Security United, Ben Rhodes.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Public Security Department said that the Jordanian police arrested a group of Syrian army defectors on suspicion of spying for the regime of President Bashar Assad.

It was not the first time Jordanian Security detained army defectors on suspicion of spying for the Syrian regime, a security source said, adding that about100 alleged defectors have been deported to Syria since the uprising began a year ago.

Moreover, a Syrian Druze leader opposed to President Bashar al-Assad was killed Saturday in the city of Soueida, the Syrian Waqf Ministry and Druze Unitarians' Sect has announced.

According to Syrian News Agency (SANA), Druze Sheikh Ahmed Sleiman Al-Hijri's was killed in a car accident,as usual SANA news unlikely to give any details.

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Russia's Medvedev: Annan mission to Moscow is Assad's 'last chance'
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) talks with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan during their meeting in Moscow, March 25, 2012. Reuters.
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