Annan ends trip with no deal
BEIRUT | International envoy and former U.N. chief Kofi Annan left Syria on Sunday without a deal to end the bloody year-old conflict as regime forces mounted a new assault on rebel strongholds in the north.
Mr. Annan said he presented President Bashar Assad with concrete proposals that “will have a real impact on the ground.”
“Once it’s agreed, it will help launch the process and help end the crisis,” he told reporters at the end of his two-day visit to Syria.
Mr. Annan, who also met with Syrian opposition leaders and businessmen in Damascus, said he was optimistic following two sets of talks with Mr. Assad, but acknowledged that resolving the crisis would be tough.
The former U.N. chief called for reforms that would create “a solid foundation for a democratic Syria,” but added: “You have to start by stopping the killing and the misery and the abuse that is going on today and then give time for a political settlement.”