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Russia says Annan's mission offers last chance to Syria

(Xinhua)

08:23, March 26, 2012

MOSCOW, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday the mission of Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League joint envoy on Syiria may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a civil war.

"The Annan mission, perhaps, is the last chance for Syria to avoid a long period civil war," Medvedev said in a meeting with Annan.

The Russian president also said that Moscow will offer its help to resolve the Syrian conflict in a peaceful way.

Medvedev hailed the former UN secretary-general's peacemaking efforts.

"We very much appreciate your intermediary efforts in solving Syrian problems," the president said, adding he hopes such efforts would bring "positive results."

Annan said he would make very endeavor to ensure access to humanitarian aid for strife-torn Syria. He thanked Russia's involvement in the Syrian issue and support for his mission.

"Hopefully, we will manage to make a positive contribution to the resolution of the Syrian issue with Russia's most active involvement," Annan said.

The meeting was held at the governmental airport, Vnukovo-2, before Medvedev's departure for a nuclear summit in Seoul and a BRICS summit in New Delhi.

Earlier Sunday, Annan also held a closed-door meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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