Russia supports Annan’s mediation efforts on Syria : Putin

July 18th, 2012 - 1:16 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 17 (IANS) Russia will try its best to support UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts to solve the Syrian crisis, said President Vladimir Putin Tuesday.

During his meeting with Annan, Putin reaffirmed Moscow’s support to Annan’s six-point peace plan that emphasises political and diplomatic settlement of the crisis in the conflict-torn Arab country, Xinhua reported.

“We support your efforts as an UN-AL special envoy aimed at restoring civil peace in Syria, from the very beginning. In Russia, you enjoy popularity and trust,” Putin told the former UN chief who is on his second trip to Moscow in four months.

For his part, Annan said he would like to visit Moscow once again in future, when “there will be no such a heavy burden on my shoulders,” referring to the mounting conflict and the complicated settlement process in Syria.

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