June 30, 2012 / 11:42 AM / 8 years ago

Annan warns of severe crisis if Syria unresolved

Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria (L) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talk before the start of the Action Group on Syria meeting in the Palace of Nations at the United Nations' Headquarters in Geneva June 30, 2012. REUTERS/Haraz N. Ghanbari/Pool

GENEVA (Reuters) - International mediator Kofi Annan appealed to world powers to reach unity on a peace plan for Syria on Saturday, including principles for a Syrian-led political transition.

Annan, in opening remarks to a meeting of foreign ministers in Geneva, said the situation could ignite the region and develop into an international crisis if unresolved.

“An international crisis of grave severity now looms,” he said. “We are here to agree on guidlelines and principles for a Syrian-led political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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