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June 27, 2012 8:00 pm

Annan Convenes International Meeting on Syria, Excludes Iran

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UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – Kofi Annan, the special Syria representative from the United Nations and the Arab League whose paralyzed peace plan is in danger of collapse, announced in a statement on Wednesday that he was convening an “action group” meeting of influential countries here in Geneva on Saturday in an effort to revive the plan.

But the announcement came only after Mr. Annan had made concessions over which countries would attend.Conspicuously absent from the list of invitees were Iran, the strongest regional ally of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and Saudi Arabia, a prominent supporter of Mr. Assad’s enemies.

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