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Dealing with Syria crisis to be "long, bumpy road"

(Global Times)

13:49, July 18, 2012

Resolving the Syrian crisis "is going to be a long and bumpy road," UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Nobody said it's going to be easy ... but we believe sincerely that the commitments made in Geneva were genuine and if applied as promised will have an effect on the dynamics on the ground," Ahmad Fawzi said.

Asked on what actions will be taken by the "Action Group on Syria" which concluded a ministerial-meeting on Saturday, Fawzi said there are steps that countries with influence have committed to take and have started taking.

He said world major countries have committed to apply joint and sustained pressure on the parties in Syria, citing meetings held in Cairo and Paris.

Annan is planing his next steps, the spokesman said.

World and regional powers on Saturday agreed on a Syrian-led transition plan, including establishment of a "transitional governing body" in Syria despite divergence on certain concrete issues.

Although the outcome has been hailed by diplomats, both the Syrian government and the opposition played it down or even rejected to accept it.

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