Assad backs Annan plan, wants end to rebel support

BEIRUT - President Bashar Assad said Syria will spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission, but that other countries must immediately stop funding and arming opposition groups, state media said on Thursday.
SANA news agency quoted Assad, in a letter to the leaders of the BRIC economic powers, as saying "the countries which support the armed groups with money and weapons must be persuaded to stop this immediately".
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