UN envoy Annan warns of possible Syria disaster

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FILE - In this Saturday, June 30, 2012 file photo, Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria speaks during a news conference following the Action Group on Syria meeting in the Palace of Nations, at the United Nations' Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. International envoy Kofi Annan says he has agreed with President Bashar Assad on an approach to end the violence in Syria. Annan did not disclose details, but says he will also discuss it with the country's armed opposition. Annan spoke to reporters in the Syrian capital Monday following a two-hour meeting with Assad in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a peace effort.(AP Photo/Martial Trezzini, Keystone, File)

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan is warning of a disaster if his peace plan for Syria fails but says he has received support from Iran to resolve the conflict peacefully.

Annan spoke after holding talks in Tehran on Tuesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. He did not specify what support Iran has offered.

Iran is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Annan is in Tehran a day after meeting with Assad in Damascus. The U.N. envoy says he has agreed on a new approach with Assad to stop the violence in Syria, which activists say has killed more than 17,000 people since the conflict began in March 2011.

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