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Kofi Annan: ‘Common approach for Iraq and Syria’

Posted by seumasach on June 12, 2014

Annan’s intervention chimes in with Blair’s 23rd April speech in calling for an anti-terrorist alliance with Russia and China. Russia and China would embrace this and, in my view, it correspond’s to Obama’s deeper geo-strategic goals. As for Britain and France, they don’t quite know what to think since they are not sure what Washington thinks. Significantly Annan also includes Iran in this alliance.


12th June, 2014

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a core group of countries to work together to help Iraq and Syria resolve the conflicts in their countries.

Mr Annan – the UN’s former envoy to Syria – said he did not believe that there was the “stomach” for “boots on the ground”, but that a group made up of permanent members of the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and possibly Egypt could agree a common approach.

In a wide-ranging interview with Newsnight, Mr Annan also claimed that West Africa’s war on drugs “has not worked”.

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