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2012-04-12 - 13:30

Annan Underlines Iran's Important Role in Regional Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria Kofi Annan in a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Southern Qeshm Island stressed Iran's decisive and important role in regional developments.

During the meeting on Wednesday, Annan expressed delight over the opportunity to meet the Iranian president, and argued that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an important and great country, which plays noticeable roles in regional developments.

The former UN secretary general then briefed President Ahmadinejad on the activities he has thus far had regarding crisis solving in Syria, arguing, "The best way for ending the conflict in that country is staying away from all types of military engagements, provision of a peaceful atmosphere, and implementation of an appropriate atmosphere for the nurturing and preservation of peace and security aimed at achieving a bright future for Syria and the Syrian nation."

He also expressed enthusiasm in hearing the viewpoints of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on developments related to Syria.

President Ahmadinejad, for his part, said that Mr. Annan's mission on Syria is a very tough one, adding, "The Middle East issues and the ongoing developments are quite complicated, and they keep getting more and more complicated with the entry of new elements."

The president emphasized that the rights of the entire nations, including the Syrians, need to be respected and preserved, reiterating, "Implementing any plan and applying any strategy in Syria must be free from the pressures and interferences of the others, and any type of aggression in that county must be ended."

Iran's foreign minister had on Wednesday renewed Tehran's support for Annan's peace initiative, but meantime cautioned that it will continue its support only as long as Annan remains impartial in dealing with the Syrian issues and gives a chance to the Syrian government to carry out changes.

Speaking after a meeting with Annan in Tehran on Wednesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran is glad to see that Annan's plan does not call for a regime change in Syria, "and rather asks for dialogue between the parties and enough time for doing changes".

"We told Annan that we would support his plans as along as he acts in this way, and we hope to witness the settlement of the problem in Syria in the near future through his endeavors," Salehi continued.

The Iranian minister further asked different sides to give a chance to the reform plans started by Damascus, and added, "The necessary chance should be given to the Syrian government so that changes be naturally implemented inside Syria and by the Syrian government and under Bashar al-Assad's leadership."

As part of a six-point peace initiative, the UN plans to deploy 200-250 unarmed observers. The plan also called on Syrian armed forces to withdraw from protest centers on Tuesday, with a complete end to fighting set for 48 hours later. It also called on armed groups to follow the government's lead.

Just hours before the end-of-day deadline for Syria to implement the ceasefire plan, Annan said Syrian forces had withdrawn from a number of areas.

On Tuesday, Syria's foreign minister said at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow that Damascus wanted guarantees from Annan that armed groups attacking its troops would commit to a ceasefire.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem said Damascus has already withdrawn its troops from several Syrian cities.

"We have already withdrawn forces and army units from several Syrian provinces,'' Mualem stated.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October 2011, calm was restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.