Annan Warns of Disaster Without End to Syria Crisis

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations envoy Kofi Annan has warned that failing to resolve the crisis in Syria could bring unimaginable consequences.

He spoke Tuesday after talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran as part of an effort to rescue his peace plan for Syria. Iran is Syria's top ally in the region.

Mr. Annan said the Iranian government has cooperated with his efforts and he looks forward to continuing to work with Tehran toward a peaceful solution.

“If we do not make a real effort to resolve this issue peacefully, and it were to get out of hand and spread to the region, it can lead to consequences that none of us could imagine.”

Mr. Annan held talks Monday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and said the two men agreed on a new approach to ending the violence.