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Iran blames US for failure of Annanís plan

Iran blames US for failure of Annanís plan
By Reuters

DUBAI: Iran blamed Western and Arab countries on Friday for the failure of Kofi Annanís Syria peace plan, the official IRNA news agency said on Friday, a day after the former UN secretary general quit as international envoy.

Annan said on Thursday he was stepping down, frustrated by ďfinger-pointingĒ and a stalemate at the UN Security Council, while the armed rebellion against Syrian President Basharal-Assad was becoming increasingly bloody.

ďAnnanís reference to a lack of unity at the Security Council is not a reference to China and Russia.

The Americans make projections and try to suggest their own opinion instead of the reality,Ē IRNA quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi assaying.

ďIn general, Western countries and some regional countries did not want Annanís plan to succeed because in that case, they would not reach their goals,Ē Salehi said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly voiced support for Annanís attempt, centred on an April ceasefire that never took hold, to resolve the spiralling crisis that opposition activists say has killed some 18,000 people since March last year.

Shia Muslim Iran backed popular uprisings which removed leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen but has steadfastly supported Assad, who is a member of the minority Alawite sect, an off shoot of Shia Islam.

Annan repeatedly said regional power Iran should be involved in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis despite the Westís firm rejection of any role.

But in an editorial published by the Financial Times, Annan said Russia, China and Iran ďmust take concerted efforts to persuade Syriaís leadership to change course and embrace apolitical transition ... It is clear that President Basharal-Assad must leave office.Ē

Iranian leaders have accused the West of plotting with Arab countries to overthrow the Syrian leadership and bolster the status of Israel in the region through backing extremist militant groups.

Last month, Iran said it was ready to host talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups, an offer rejected by members of the Syrian opposition.

ďAnnanís plan will continue since it is the best plan on the table,Ē Salehi said. Earlier on Friday, Iranís Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast blamed ďsome interfering countriesĒ for the failure of Annanís six-point plan.

The peace plan was supposed to resolve Syriaís conflict with an immediate halt to the violence, withdrawal of heavy weapons and military forces from built-up areas, access for humanitarian aid and journalists, and a political transition.

ďNot only these countries did not help ... Annanís plan, every time his plan succeeded in one area we would witness arise in terrorist actions in Syria,Ē Mehmanparast said, according to IRNA.

 

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