Medvedev: Annan Syria's 'Last Chance'

Russia backs UN envoy as only way to avoid war
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2012 9:40 AM CDT
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shake hands with Kofi Annan during their meeting in Moscow, Sunday, March 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Ekaterina Shtukina, Presidential Press Service)
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(Newser) – Russian President Dmitri Medvedev today got definitively behind Kofi Annan's mission to end the yearlong violence in Syria, reports Reuters, calling it the " last chance for Syria to avoid a long-lasting and bloody civil war." Medvedev met with Annan, the UN envoy to Syria today in Moscow, telling him, "we will offer you our full support at any level."

Added Annan: "Syria has an opportunity today to work with me and this mediation process to put an end to the conflict, to the fighting, allow access to those in need of humanitarian assistance as well as embark on a political process."

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