Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans

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Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria arrives for a meeting of the Action Group for Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations,  in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, June 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
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GENEVA (AP) — Major powers meeting in Geneva have adopted a watered down version of special envoy Kofi Annan's Syria plan that leaves open whether President Bashar Assad can be part of the transition government.

Annan said Saturday "it is for the people of Syria to come to a political agreement."

He says "the hard work starts now. We must work together to implement what has been agreed.

Russia had refused to back a provision that would call for Assad to step down to make way for a unity government.

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