Russia says Annan should work with Syrian opposition

March 25, 2012 16:27

MOSCOW - Russia, which accuses other nations of encouraging opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, urged UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to work hard with the government and opposition to seek peace, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

In a meeting with Annan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "underscored the need to end violence from all sides and establish a broad Syrian political dialogue. ... He called on the special envoy to work actively toward that aim with both the authorities and the opposition," a statement said.Lavrov also said that to support Anna's mission, nations must refrain from interfering in Syria affairs or taking sides in the confrontation between the government and opponents.

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