Annan heading to New York for talks on Syria

By REUTERS
February 29, 2012 16:54

GENEVA - Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, said he would hold talks in New York from Wednesday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and member states on Syria.

Russia, which along with China blocked a Security Council resolution that would have supported an Arab League call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to cede power, said separately that Annan has been invited to Moscow for consultations.

Annan, in a statement issued in Geneva where he is based, said he would hold a series of consultations in New York through Friday and then depart for Cairo to meet Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby.

He planned to visit other countries in the region after that, according to the statement which did not name the countries or give any other details.

Annan has been invited to Moscow but no date has been set for the visit, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Twitter.


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