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Russia urges Syrian opposition to support Annan's proposal

(Xinhua)

09:59, March 29, 2012

MOSCOW, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia urged the Syrian opposition Wednesday to support a proposal tabled by U.N.-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan to end the crisis in the country.

"It is extremely important that the Syrian opposition groups should follow the Damascus example and clearly voice their consent to the U.N.-supported proposal... tabled by the U.N. and AL special envoy," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

Russia noted that currently there was a real opportunity to implement lawful aspirations of all Syrians with respect to the country's sovereignty and independence and with consolidated support of the international community to Annan's mission, Lukashevich said in a statement.

"Such a chance should not be missed", he said.

Meanwhile, Lukashevich stressed the settlement to the Syrian crisis largely depended on outside players, especially those who had influence on the opposition.

"Not a split and armed confrontation but responsible intentions to search for mutually acceptable solutions during a comprehensive political process with Kofi Annan's mediation can stop bloodshed and violence, cease humanitarian suffering of civilians and guarantee sustainable democratic development in Syria," Lukashevich said.

Moscow welcomed Damascus's support for Annan's proposals, he said.

Annan's spokesman said Tuesday the Syrian government accepted Annan's six-point plan to end the country's year-long violence.

Annan's six-point plan for Syria includes proposals for a ceasefire initiated by the Syrian government, a daily halt in fighting for the delivery of humanitarian aid and treatment for the wounded, as well as talks between the government and opposition.

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