Annan in Syria for Talks with Assad

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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International envoy Kofi Annan is in Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, after admitting that international efforts to halt the violence in Syria have failed.

Mr. Annan has been trying for months to implement a peace plan in Syria that also calls for negotiations between the opposition and the government.

Mr. Assad, in an interview Sunday with German television, accused the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting what he called “terrorists” and hindering peace in Syria.

The United Nations wants independent investigators to probe Mr. Assad's charges that terrorists, and not the government, are responsible for the violence.