11 July 2012
The International envoyhas reiterated that Iran has a key role to play in order to end violence in Syria. During a news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Tuesday, he said: "Iran has a role to play. Here I am talking to Minister Salehi and seeking the support and cooperation of Iran in my efforts to resolve this conflict peacefully."
Kofi Annan is on visit to meet leaders of the region to achieve ways for successful implementation of Syria’s Peace Plan that has already been approved by the UN Security Council in Geneva. He met Syrian President, Basha Al-Assad, on Monday and discussed about the efforts to end violence. However, he has yet to meet Syrian opposition leader.
Kofi Annan has also met Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday to discuss peace efforts for Syria. Since the time of uprising in Syria, March 2011, the crisis has seriously engulfed its neighboring countries also and consultation with them on Syria’s solution has become urgent to work out six-point peace plan. Due to persistence of conflict in Syria and brutal crackdown of the government, countless Syrian have fled to neighboring countries including Jordan which alone is accommodating about 130,000 Syrians, Head of UN refugee agency, Andrew Harper, told CNN on Tuesday.
However, reaffirming his hopes about Syria’s Peace Plan, Kofi Anna said: "The political process is yet to begin, a political process that would bring all parties to the table. And this is one of the key points of the six-point plan." He added, "And I think that the essence of the six-point plan is stopping the violence, releasing detainees, allowing humanitarian access -- which should be seen as a package, a package that if complemented will help create the environment and the conducive climate for political talks -- political talks between the Syrians to determine their own political future."
On the other hand, Patrick Ventrell, State Department spokesman termed Iran’s behavior as ‘destructive’ for being an ally to Syrian regime. He told reporters on Monday that, "We want them to stop that destructive behavior. And so, of course, Kofi Annan in Tehran, to the extent that he can stress to the Iranians the importance of cooperating with the plan, that's a good thing. But we haven't seen signs of that either yet. If the Iranian regime wants to stop giving direct material support to the Syrian killing machine, then -- and play a constructive role -- we would welcome that. We're not at that point yet."
The implementation on six-point peace plan has become vital with continuous killings in Syria. According to current updates by the Opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria, at least 68 people were reportedly killed on Tuesday. It is high time for the Arab and west countries, especially the US to give "Iran’s role" a chance, as reiterated by Kofi Annan in addition to six-point peace plan, to end blooddhed in Syria and bringing peace to its nation.
Sorce: The CNN
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