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MOSCOW, July 18 (Itar-Tass) - RF President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with UN and Arab league joint special envoy for Syria Kofi Annan. The main issue at the talks were peaceful ways of resolving the situation in Syria. The Kremlin approved the Annan peace plan and the Geneva communiqu· and found that the “six- point” plant developed by Annan is the only viable platform for the settlement of the Syrian problems.
Annan has admitted that he was happy to return to Moscow, and that it is sad that he meets Vladimir Putin in such a distressing time when he, Kofi Annan “has to bear the brunt of this burden,” Kommersant writes. The negotiations ended in half an hour. “We discussed the situation in Syria,” Annan said, “and talked about the steps that could be taken. We also talked about the UN Security Council resolution that would satisfy all.”
Moscow welcomes Annan’s peace plan and the Geneva communiqu·, Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes. The Kremlin believes that the “six-point” plan worked out by Annan is the only viable platform for the settlement of the Syrian internal problems. The Russian leader praised personal qualities of Annan, calling him “a very honest, professional person who, naturally, enjoys a very high popularity and credibility.” “We will do everything we can to support your efforts,” the Russian president promised him.
On Wednesday, the UN Security Council plans to vote on the draft resolution on measures to end violence Syria, the publication says. Russia proposes to extend the term of the UN observers’ mandate in the country, but there is another option - sanctions, which Moscow cannot support.
It is necessary to find the wording acceptable for all, Kofi Annan told reporters. “Russia is ready for such work,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have attained a difficult compromise in Geneva. I see no reason for us not to agree on the same basis also in the Security Council.”
“We hope that members of the UN Security Council will continue the discussion and find phrasing that that will be acceptable to all of us and based on which it will be possible to organise further work,” Izvestia quotes Annan as saying after the talks with Vladimir Putin. He expressed the hope that members of the UN Security Council will send a clear signal about the inadmissibility of violence. The publication recalls that Russia and China have already twice blocked a resolution on Syria, condemning the Assad regime – in October and February.