Joint UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan says more attention should be paid to Iran's role in international efforts to find a solution for Syria’s crisis.
In an interview with the French daily Le Monde
, Annan said more attention needed to be paid to the role of longtime Syrian ally Iran.
He admitted that, “The evidence shows that we have not succeeded.”
On March 11, Annan said he had presented a set of concrete proposals to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during two rounds of talks in Damascus. His six-point plan was to begin with a cease-fire in mid-April between government forces and rebels seeking to topple the Syrian government.
Criticizing the states that support military actors in the conflict, Annan said, "very few things are said about other countries that send arms and money and weigh on the situation on the ground."
Although Annan did not name any countries, some Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar have stressed the necessity of - and are widely believed to be - arming Syrian rebels.
The UN envoy said China and Russia believe they were deceived by the UN Security Council resolution to support the Libyan people, which turned into an operation to overthrow Libya’s government.
Meanwhile, Iran and Russia have underlined the need for the implementation of the peace plan proposed by Annan.
In their meeting on July 7, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Reza Sajjadi and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called for the resolution of Syria’s crisis through solutions proposed in last week’s Geneva meeting, which aim to end the conflict, start national dialog and pave the way for a political resolution of the crisis.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of many people, including security forces.
The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, but Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.