Video: Syria's Assad rebuffs Annan, troops attack Idlib part of Annan demands Syrian government begins ceasefire 'now'

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Idlib : Syria | 2 years ago
'The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, expects the government to implement his peace plan immediately. Mr Annan's spokesman, Ahmed Fawzi, told reporters: "The...
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Syria's Assad rebuffs Annan, troops attack Idlib

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad told UN/Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday that no political solution was possible in Syria while "terrorist" groups were destabilizing the country. "Syria is ready to make a success of any honest effort to find a solution for the events it is witnessing," state news agency SANA quoted Assad as telling his guest. "No political dialogue or political activity can succeed while there are armed terrorist groups operating and spreading chaos and instability," the Syrian leader said after about two hours of talks with the former UN secretary-general. While they discussed Annan's peace mission, Syrian troops were assaulting the northwestern city of Idlib, a rebel bastion. "Regime forces have just stormed into Idlib with tanks and heavy shelling is now taking place," said an activist contacted by telephone, the sound of explosions punctuating the call. There was no immediate comment from Annan after his meeting with Assad, aimed at halting bloodshed that has cost thousands of lives since a popular uprising erupted a year ago. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who met Annan in Cairo earlier in the day, told the Arab League his country was "not protecting any regime", but did not believe the Syrian crisis could be blamed on one side alone. He called for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid access, but Qatar and Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Moscow's stance. "TRUCE NOT ENOUGH" Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al <b>...</b>
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