Annan optimistic over Syria talks

Annan optimistic over Syria talks

UN peace envoy Kofi Annan says he is optimistic following two sets of talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, but there is still no deal in place to end the bloodshed.

Mr Annan briefed reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus, today after his meetings with Mr Assad. He said it’s important that the crisis not degenerate further.

During Mr Annan’s two-day visit, Syrian forces kept up an offensive against rebel strongholds in the north of the country.

The bloodshed has cast a pall over UN efforts to end the country’s yearlong conflict, with both the regime and the opposition refusing talks with the other.

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