Iran blames 'interfering countries' for Annan failure

By REUTERS
August 3, 2012 09:47

 
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DUBAI - Iran blamed "some interfering countries" on Friday for the failure of a peace plan by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan in Syria, the official IRNA news agency reported, a day after the international envoy said he would leave his role.

Annan said on Thursday he would quit as the peace envoy, frustrated by "finger-pointing" and a stalemate at the UN Security Council while the armed rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad was becoming increasingly bloody.

"It seems that some interfering countries were not happy with the efforts made by ... Annan to stop the shipment of arms to Syria and end terrorist acts," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"Not only these countries did not help ... Annan's plan, every time his plan succeeded in one area we would witness a rise in terrorist actions in Syria," he added, according to IRNA.

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