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Kofi Annan explains situation in Mideast conditioned by absence of human rights

July 15, 2013, 11:58 UTC+3

Ex-U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said Russia, the EU, the U.S. and the U.N. should act jointly

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MOSCOW, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - The current situation in the Middle East is conditioned by the absence of human rights, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said.

By presenting his book, “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace”, in Moscow on Monday, Annan said economic problems were the reasons of conflicts very often.

It is necessary to rivet attention to these issues, Annan said.

Speaking about the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and on the Palestinian-Israeli track, he said Russia, the EU, the U.S. and the U.N. should act jointly.

The problem has not been solved yet. The development is impossible without peace and stability and vice versa, the former U.N. secretary-general added.

Commenting on the Arab Spring events, Annan said earlier, for example, if anyone was asked about Tunisia, “you replied: ‘This is a wonderful country’. None talked about human rights”.

The absence of human rights led to what happened in the Middle East, Annan said.

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