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Iranian FM says Annan's peace plan still alive despite his resignation

(Xinhua)

15:31, August 10, 2012

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Thursday that the peace plan for Syria put forward by Kofi Annan is still alive although he has resigned from the post of the UN and Arab League's special envoy to the unrest-torn country.

Salehi made the remarks at a press conference after a meeting on Syria held here Thursday.

The meeting was aimed at finding a way within the framework of Annan's six-point peace plan to settle the Syrian crisis, said the Iranian foreign minister.

"The peace plan of Mr. Annan is still alive and with his resignation it (the plan) will not become extinct," he added.

Iran hopes that Annan's successor will be an "independent person like him," said Salehi.

Iran thinks that international community has the responsibility to solve Syria's crisis, provide assistance to the Syrian people in this regard and prepare the ground for dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition groups, he maintained.

"We hope countries concerned about the Syrian situation can gather together to settle the crisis in the country," he said, adding that regional countries and international community should join hands to solve the Syrian crisis through peaceful and diplomatic ways.

The Iranian foreign minister commented that the biggest obstacle hindering a peaceful solution to the Syrian problem is foreign intervention and the way to solve the Syrian crisis is non- intervention by "some countries."
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