Kofi Annan Asks Iran for Help With Syria
UN envoy says he still thinks ceasefire will somehow work
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2012 8:13 AM CDT
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan speaks during a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, unseen, in Tehran, Iran, April 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Kofi Annan isn't panicking just because the Syrian regime blew off yesterday's ceasefire deadline. Annan says Bashar al-Assad's regime has assured him that it will respect the ceasefire plan and end hostilities tomorrow morning, the BBC reports. "If everyone respects it, I think by six in the morning of Thursday, we shall see improved conditions on the ground," Annan told journalists in Tehran. Annan is visiting Iran to try to win its support for the peace plan, the New York Times reports.

Iran's foreign minister, speaking alongside Annan, reiterated Tehran's support for Assad, but said that "the opportunity must be given to the Syrian government to make changes." Annan's original plan called for the regime to withdraw its forces and stop heavy weapon fire yesterday, and for both sides to cease fire entirely tomorrow. Annan says the regime wants assurances that the rebels will honor the ceasefire. He also urged against arming the rebels, which he said would be "disastrous."

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Dec 13, 2012 2:36 PM CST
It is high time that the U.S., the E.U., the U.N., NATO and Turkey invade Syria and remove Assad. Kofi Annan should not be in Iran. Iran does not have a legitimate government. The Iranian government is a terrorist government. The Iranian are the worst human rights violators in the history of human rights. After Syria, the world must invade Iran.
Apr 11, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
This is a repeat of the Bosnian tragedy where the UN tied their hands behind their backs to make it easier for the Serbs to kill them off. Annan is dangerously naive and totally out of line. Elmer Fudd would be a more effective exponent of peace and the rule of law than Annan.
Apr 11, 2012 8:52 AM CDT
Why do I envision many pictures with "EPIC FAIL" splashed across them?