BAGHDAD (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan (KOH'-fee AN'-nan) is offering more details of the peace plan that he says Syrian President Bashar Assad is willing to support.
He told reporters in Iran today that the plan would focus on containing the most violent areas of the country, before expanding to all of Syria.
He says Assad suggested during yesterday's meeting in Damascus that there be an effort to calm specific areas of the country.
After flying from Syria to Iran, Annan continued on to Iraq and met with that country's prime minister to discuss ways of ending the 16 months of bloodshed in Syria. Activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed.
Annan's effort to reach out to Iran runs counter to the approach of Washington, which has rejected Iran's participation in helping to solve the Syria crisis.
086-a-05-(Kofi Annan, international envoy, at news conference)-"stability to Syria"-International envoy Kofi Annan says support from Iran is important to resolve the Syria conflict peacefully. (10 Jul 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, during meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Damascus, Syria, graphic element on gray (9 Jul 2012)
APPHOTO VAH107: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, right, speaks with media during a joint press conference with International envoy Kofi Annan, left, after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Annan said Tuesday that Iran must be "part of the solution" to the bloody crisis in its close ally Syria, and that the Tehran has offered its support to end the conflict. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) (10 Jul 2012)
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