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Kofi Annan in Syria to press for end to violence
UN envoy Kofi Annan in Syria to press for end to violence
By The Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ' U.N. envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Syria to press for an end to the country's yearlong conflict.

Annan has said the trip that began Saturday will focus on a peaceful end to the crisis.

But the high-profile international mission to end the violence stumbled even before it began as the opposition rejected Annan's calls for dialogue with the regime as pointless and out of touch after a year of bloodshed.

The dispute exposes the widening gap between opposition leaders who say only military aid can stop President Bashar Assad's regime, and Western powers who fear more weapons will exacerbate the conflict.

The U.N. estimates some 7,500 people have been killed in the conflict.

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