Iran ready to host Syrian opponents, government meeting
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.15/ Trend D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran ready to invite Syrian opposition groups, alongside Syrian Government representative to host Syrians-Syrians peace negotiations, ISNA reported.
Salehi said that Iran supports Kofi Annan's 6-article proposal to resolve Syria crisis.
"We consider Annan's attempts as positive and neutral position. Iran can accelerate its efforts to simplify and ease the resolution of Syria crisis.
Earlier Friday, Annan accused the Syrian government of violating his plan to end the bloodshed in the country by using heavy weaponry on civilian areas.
"This is in violation of the government's undertaking to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres and its commitment to the six-point plan ... I condemn these atrocities in the strongest possible terms," Annan said in Geneva.
Annan's plan, accepted by Damascus earlier this year, calls for withdrawing military troops and hardware from urban areas and giving access to humanitarian services.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 750,000 internally displaced Syrians and more than 103,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other Middle East countries were in need of help.
Western nations have proposed a Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions on Assad for not ending the use of heavy weapons in the conflict, which the opposition say has left more than 17,000 people dead.