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US playing blame game over Annan resignation: Iran

Last Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 21:20

Tehran: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi Friday criticised the US for playing the blame game over the resignation of UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, Press TV reported.

"The US is playing blame game (over Annan`s resignation), because (it was) the Western countries and certain regional states that sabotaged Annan`s plan," Salehi was quoted as telling the IRNA news agency, after Washington blamed the envoy`s resignation on Russia and China.

Annan announced his resignation in Geneva Thursday, and said he would stay as special envoy only till the end of this month.

"Annan`s six-point plan was acceptable to Syria and key regional players, but the other side did not allow Annan to successfully implement his plan," he said.

Salehi further criticised "the West and certain regional countries" for trying to sabotage Annan`s plan, saying "they seek to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replace it with an unspecified government".

The Syrian conflict which began in March 2011 has already claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to Syrian activists.


First Published: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 21:20

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