Annan Won't Send Representative to Iran meeting on Syria
[An Nahar] Outgoing U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
will not send a representative to a meeting on the Syria conflict to be hosted by Iran on Thursday, a U.N. front man said.
Iran has called a ministerial meeting of states that have taken a "realistic and principled stand" on the Syrian crisis. Iran, a key ally of Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Trampler of Homs...
, has said it expects representatives from 10 countries to attend.
"Neither Kofi Annan nor anyone from his office will attend the talks on Syria in Tehran," a U.N. front man, Farhan Haq, told news hounds. Haq did not give a reason for the decision.
Annan, who announced last week that he is quitting as Syria envoy because of the lack of international support for his peace plan, went to Iran as part of his mission and had wanted the Iranian government involved in talks on ending the 17-month-old civil war.
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