Annan concludes approach to end violence with Syrian president

The visiting international envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he has concluded an approach with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad regarding ending the violence, adding that the approach will be also shared with the armed opposition.

Annan, who flew in Sunday afternoon, met Monday with president Assad. He regarded his discussions with embattled leader as “constructive.”

“We discussed the need to end the violence and ways and means of doing so and we agreed on an approach, which I will share with the armed opposition,” Annan told reporters in Damascus after meeting Assad.

Annan, however, stopped short of specifying the details of the new approach, but stressed the importance of pressing ahead with the political dialogue.

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