'Friends of Syria' say Annan plan last hope

By REUTERS
April 19, 2012 19:54

PARIS - Major international powers meeting in Paris on Thursday called a UN-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the Syrian crisis and said they would do all they could to help it succeed, according to draft conclusions obtained by Reuters.

"Every day that passes means tens of new Syrian civilian deaths," the statement said. "It is not time to prevaricate. It is time to act. Though fragile, the (Kofi) Annan mission represents a last hope."

The meeting resolved that the "Friends of Syria" - which include France, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - would do everything to ensure the Arab League-UN plan succeeded.

"If this were not to happen ... the UN Security Council and international community would have to look at other options," the statement said.


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