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Envoy Annan meets Syria's Assad to call for ceasefire

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Envoy Annan meets Syria's Assad to call for ceasefire


The UN and Arab League’s special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, has met President Bashar al-Assad to call for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict.

Syrian state TV said the meeting in Damascus took place in a “positive atmosphere”.

It came a day after government forces are said to have killed more than 70 people across Syria, mainly in Homs and the northern province of Idlib.

Last week the UN’s refugee agency said neighbouring Lebanon had received more than 1,500 people, mostly women and children, who’d crossed the border from Syria fleeing the violence.

One hospital in northern Lebanon has witnessed a steady flow of wounded arriving from Syria: 180 in February, almost another 40 this month.

Some say they dare not seek treatment in Syrian hospitals because they claim security forces seek out opponents of the regime among the injured and kill them.

Kofi Annan was also expected to call on President Assad to allow access for humanitarian aid.

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