President al-Assad Discusses with Annan Developments in Syria and the Need to Alleviate Violence and Restore Security
President Bashar al-Assad on Monday discussed with UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan developments in Syria and the need to implement effective mechanism and calculated approaches to alleviate violence in Syria in order to restore security fully, reviewing the mechanisms that the UN observer mission could employ in cooperation with the Syrian government to achieve this.
The two sides also discussed the Geneva conference which aimed to prepare a suitable mechanism for implementing Annan’s six-point plan and create an environment for dialogue, with emphasis on the need for dialogue to be among Syrians and led by Syrians.
The talks were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere, with the Syrian side affirming Syria’s commitment to implementing the six-point plan, and that the success of this plan depends greatly on ceasing the arming and funding of terrorism in addition to having an international commitment and honest will to end violence in Syria and implement Annan’s plan in full.
The meeting also allowed for briefing Annan on the latest developments regarding the steps taken by the government in the matter of dialogue, and the two sides agreed to continue coordination with the observer mission and the Syrian government to reach the desired goal.
The meeting was attended by Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, and Official Spokesman of the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Dr. Jihad Makdessi.
Afterwards, an expanded meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry between Annan and Minister al-Moallem.
Annan Stresses Need to Move Forward with Six-Point Plan in a Better Way Than Before
In a statement to the press after his meeting with President al-Assad, Annan said that he held constructove talks with President al-Assad and discussed with him the need to end violence and how to do that, and that they agreed upon approaches which Annan will discuss with the armed opposition.
He said that he also stressed the need to move forward with political dialogue which President al-Assad accepted, and that they discussed other issues such as the six-point plan, with President al-Assad reiterating the government’s commitment to this plan which must move forward to be implemented in a much better way than before.
Annan said that dialogue will continue on the approaches for ending violence which were discussed and which he will talk to the armed opposition about, adding that there’s a team on the ground which will continue to work to that effect, and that he will encourage the government and the other influential sides to assist in these efforts.