Annan urges end to Syria violence, minister defects

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CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, said on Thursday he would urge President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to stop fighting and seek a political solution, drawing angry rebukes from dissidents. Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria, attends an after-meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al Araby at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh “The killing has to stop and we need to find a way of putting in the appropriate reforms and moving forward,” said Annan, who is due in Damascus on Saturday. One Syrian opposition activist voiced alarm at Annan’s call for dialogue, saying it sounded…

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