The Syrian opposition lashed out at the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan for seeking a way to placate President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Iran. For more than four months Annan has proved powerless to end the violence in Syria.
UN monitors stated that the insurrection has claimed 17,000 lives, mostly civilians, since the anti-Assad uprising began in March 2011. Several activists have described Annan as the “Russian-Iranian envoy for the protection of Bashar.” After the failure of his six-point peace plan, Annan has been unable to end the Syrian bloodshed.
This Wednesday a delegation from the Syrian National Council (SNC) met with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with the aim of pushing Russia to agree with a political transition for Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The SNC leader, Abdelbaset Sieda, stated that after the talks with Lavrov he saw “no change” in Moscow’s stance toward the conflict in Syria and its president.