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UN-AL envoy for Syria to begin mission on March 7

(Xinhua)

14:44, March 02, 2012

CAIRO, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Joint envoy of the United Nations and Arab League (AL) for Syria, Kofi Annan, will begin his mission on March 7 with a visit to the AL headquarters in Cairo, AL chief Nabil al-Arabi said Thursday.

"The AL and UN have agreed on appointing an Arab deputy for the envoy to help him performing his mission", al-Arabi was quoted by Egyptian official news agency MENA as saying at a press conference.

The AL chief called for reaching a cease-fire in Syria by issuing a declaration from the United Nation supported by all states to give Annan a chance to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

"Annan's visit to Syria will be followed by a visit to other countries affecting the Syrian affairs in a bid to find a solution ", he said.

Al-Arabi said that the AL is against violence and has no decision regarding some countries' suggestion of arming the Syrian opposition.

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