Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League joint special envoy on Syria, has said that more attention needs to be paid to the role of Iran to help resolve the Syrian crisis.
Iran “should be part of the solution,” Annan stated during an interview with the French daily Le Monde published on Saturday.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he acknowledged that the international community’s efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed.
“The evidence shows that we have not succeeded,” Annan said. He went on to say that countries supporting military actors in the conflict are making the situation worse.
“Very few things are said about other countries that send arms and money and weigh on the situation on the ground,” he said, without naming any specific countries.
Annan has put forward a six-point peace plan for ending the crisis in Syria, which calls for a UN-supervised ceasefire by all parties, the withdrawal of soldiers and heavy weapons from cities, and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.