Envoys: Annan may head to Syria as peace plan founders

May 25, 2012 01:51


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UNITED NATIONS - UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan may travel to Syria soon, possibly before the end of the month, to meet with Syrian officials about a peace plan that neither the government nor the opposition is adhering to, UN envoys said on Thursday.

"It was supposed to be around (Sunday) May 27, but it hasn't been confirmed yet," a UN diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Other envoys confirmed Annan's tentative plan to visit Syria, where a 14-month conflict between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and an opposition determined to oust him continues to rage.

An April 12 ceasefire, brokered by Annan, had been intended to suspend an uprising which began with peaceful protests but has become increasingly militarized. But it never took hold.

Annan's spokesman did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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