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UN Security Council discussing next steps on Syria: Annan

July 11, 2012


In this Saturday, June 30, 2012 file photo, Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria speaks during a news conference following the Action Group on Syria meeting in the Palace of Nations, at the United Nations' Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. -AP File Photo

GENEVA: UN and Arab League peace Kofi Annan said on Wednesday the UN Security Council was discussing what action it could take next to address the Syria conflict.

Annan spoke after addressing the 15-member council by video conference from Geneva and following visits to Syria, Iran and Iraq this week.

“The Council is now discussing what the next steps should be and what action they can take,” the former UN chief told journalists.

“We should hear something in the next few days.”Envoys said Western powers are poised to present a draft resolution seeking to increase pressure on Assad.

In a short question-and-answer session with journalists, Annan said Iran and Iraq were committed in their support of Annan's six-point plan.

“They support the idea of a political transition,” he said.

Annan, who held talks with President Bashar al-Assad this week, was asked if they had discussed the election of an interlocuteur to begin talks with the opposition to see through the plan aimed at halting the 16-month crisis.

“In all frankness, yes we discussed it,” Annan said.

“He did offer a name. I indicated that I wanted to know a bit about the individual,” Annan said, without giving any further details.