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How many 'agreements' is this now??? Makes me think of the 'fool me once...' addage...
ABC News wrote:
Annan Says Agreement Reached With Syria's Assad
By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria July 9, 2012 (AP)

International envoy Kofi Annan tried to breathe new life Monday into his moribund peace efforts in Syria, saying he has reached a new framework with President Bashar Assad and would discuss it soon with rebel leaders. Opposition activists raised the death toll in the conflict to more than 17,000.

Annan, the architect of the primary international plan to end Syria's 16-month-old crisis, arrived in Iran late Monday for talks with leaders there. With the violence in Syria growing increasingly chaotic and diplomatic efforts faltering, Annan has said Iran, a staunch Syrian ally, must be a part of a solution to the conflict.

"We agreed on an approach which I will share with the armed opposition," Annan told reporters following a two-hour meeting with Assad which he described as "candid and constructive" Monday.

"I also stressed the importance of moving ahead with a political dialogue which the president accepts," he said. Annan did not disclose details of the framework he reached with Assad.

Annan's efforts to broker an end to the Syrian conflict as the U.N.-Arab League envoy have unraveled as the uprising that began with peaceful protests in March 2011 has spiraled toward civil war.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that 17,129 people had killed since March 2011 are 11,897 civilians, 4,348 soldiers and 884 military defectors.

The group has a network of activists on the ground who document deaths and rights violations through eyewitness, accounts, hospitals and video footage. Another group, the Local Coordination Committees, says 14,841 civilians and fighters have been killed. The LCC does not report Syrian military deaths.

The government restricts journalists from moving freely, making it impossible to independently verify death tolls.

The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months as rebels gain more arms, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the carnage as the country spirals toward civil war. Activists have reported an average of about 100 people killed on some days in the past few weeks.

In an interview with the French daily Le Monde on Saturday, Annan acknowledged that the international community's efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed. He added that more attention needed to be paid to the role of longtime Syrian ally Iran, saying Tehran "should be part of the solution."

It is unclear what role Annan envisions for Iran, a staunch Syrian ally that has stood by Assad throughout the uprising. Tehran's close ties could make it an interlocutor with the regime, though the U.S. has often refused to let the Islamic Republic attend conferences about the Syria crisis.

Annan's six-point peace plan was to begin with a cease-fire in mid-April between government forces and rebels seeking to topple Assad, to be followed by political dialogue. But the truce never took hold, and almost 300 U.N. observers sent to monitor the cease-fire are now confined to their hotels because of the escalating violence.

"President Assad reassured me of the government's commitment to the six-point plan which, of course, we should move ahead to implement in a much better fashion than has been the situation so far," Annan told reporters Monday.

State-run news agency SANA said Assad discussed with Annan "mechanisms" that could ease the violence in Syria and told him the success of his plan hinged on regional countries ending their support for the "terrorism" in Syria. Damascus blames Arab Gulf countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar for fueling the crisis in Syria by funding the rebels.

Despite agreeing to a series of peace proposals in the past 16 months, the Syrian regime has repeatedly ignored its commitments and instead continued to wage a brutal crackdown on dissent. The rebels have also stepped up their attacks against government troops, dealing heavy losses among their ranks.

Annan said his team in Syria will follow up on the agreement reached with Assad.

"I also encourage governments and other entities with influence to have a similar effort," he added.

Russia, another strong of ally of the Syrian regime, said Monday it will not sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation there calms down.

Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, told Russian news agencies on the sidelines of the Farnborough airshow south-west of London that Russia will continue, however, with previously agreed exports.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wir ... _r51ZHIqwF

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Then there's this...
Fox News wrote:
Putin: Syrians should be 'forced' to start talks
Published July 09, 2012
Associated Press

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the Syrian government and opposition groups should be "forced" to start a dialogue.

He spoke Monday, the same day a Syrian opposition leader, Michel Kilo, met with Russia's foreign minister.

Putin said that the dialogue Russia is helping facilitate is "more complicated and fine" that an armed solution to the conflict.

Kilo, who heads the Democratic Forum opposition group, said that he hopes Russia will play a positive role in "finding a peaceful solution to our crisis."

Members of another opposition group, the Syrian National Council, are expected in Moscow for talks Wednesday.

Russia is Syria's most important ally and protector and its main supplier of arms. The Russians have blocked the U.N.'s Security Council from taking strong, punitive action against the Assad regime.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/09 ... z208khlEwg
and this:
CNBC wrote:
Russia will not deliver new arms to Syria: agency
Published: Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not deliver fighter planes or other new arms to Syria while the situation there remains unresolved, the country's service for military co-operation said on Monday, according to a Russian news agency.

"While the situation in Syria is unstable, there will be no new deliveries of arms there," Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy director of the service, told journalists at the Farnborough Airshow in Britain, Interfax reported

This could signal the boldest move yet by Moscow to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad whom it has defended in the U.N. Security Council from harsher sanctions.

Syria has been rocked by conflict for the last 16 months in an uprising against Assad.

Dzirkaln said Russia, one of Syria's main weapons suppliers, would not be delivering a shipment of Yak-130 fighter planes, a contract for which was reportedly signed at the end of last year. The report said a contract for 40 fighters was signed.

"In the current situation talking about deliveries of airplanes to Syria is premature," he said.

Last month, Russia came under criticism from the West after allegations from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that attack helicopters were on the way from Russia to Syria.

Moscow has said the helicopters were part of an old contract. It said it did not send arms that could be used in civil conflicts but only weaponry that could be used against external aggression.

"Previously, we were fulfilling old contracts, including repairs of the machines. Until the situation stabilizes, we will not carry out any new arms deliveries," Dzirkaln said.

(Reporting By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya; Writing by Thomas Grove and Nastassia Astrasheuskaya; Editing by Pravin Char)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48119135
Cant be good for Syria & Assad when Russia starts up against them...or at least appears to...

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