UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan
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Syria crisis: Annan 'optimistic' after talks with Assad

UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan has said he is "optimistic" following discussions with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He said he had handed over "concrete proposals" to end the bloodshed, but acknowledged no deal was yet in place.

In talks on Saturday, Mr Assad rejected political dialogue while "armed terrorist groups" operated in Syria.

Mr Annan gave his reaction after the second round of talks.

  • 11 Mar 2012
  • From the section World