UN peace envoy Annan arrives in Syria

UN peace envoy Annan arrives in Syria

UN envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria today to press for an end to the country’s year-long conflict.

Annan has said the trip will focus on a peaceful end to the crisis.

But the high-profile international mission to end the violence stumbled even before it began as the opposition rejected Annan’s calls for dialogue with the regime as “pointless and out of touch” after a year of bloodshed.

The dispute exposes the widening gap between opposition leaders who say only military aid can stop President Bashar Assad’s regime, and Western powers who fear more weapons will exacerbate the conflict.

The UN estimates some 7,500 people have been killed in the conflict.

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