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article imageMedvedev: 'Annan's mission is Syria's last chance'

By Layne Weiss     Mar 25, 2012 in World
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has offered Kofi Annan his full support in his peace mission in Syria, BBC News reports. Medvedev says this could be Syria's last chance to avoid a prolonged and bloody" civil war.
Russia had vetoed two UN Security Council resolutions on the conflict in Syria, but now supports Annan's plan. Both China and Russia have opposed sanctions against Syrian President Assad, but China has also backed Annan's peace plan.
Kofi Annan met with Medvedev and other Russian leaders in Moscow Sunday. The Russian government urged Annan to work with both sides in the Syrian conflict to end the bloodshed.
"We highly value your efforts," Medvedev said to Annan during the televised portion of their meeting. "This may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a protracted bloody civil war. Therefore, we will provide any assistance at any level."
Last week, the U.N. Security Council endorsed Kofi Annan's six-point plan, which calls for a halt in the fighting everyday for 2 hours, troop withdrawals, and talks between both Assad's regime and those opposing it.
"Syria has an opportunity today to work with me and this mediation process to put an end to the conflict, to the fighting, and really to allow access to those in need of humanitarian assistance as well as embark on the political process that will lead to a peaceful settlement," Annan told President Medvedev.
According to BBC News, it seems as if Russia is losing patience with Syria, its only true ally in the Middle East. Senior Russian officials have reportedly been criticizing Assad's regime for "dragging its heels" on reform."
Tomorrow, President Medvedev will meet with US President Barack Obama to discuss various issues including the Syrian crisis, the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the missile defenses in Korea, Bloomberg reports.
Meanwhile, Kofi Annan will head to China to discuss efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria. China has followed a similar path to Russia regarding its position on the conflict.
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