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Kofi Annan: 'Common approach for Iraq and Syria'

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a core group of countries to work together to help Iraq and Syria resolve the conflicts in their countries.

Mr Annan - the UN's former envoy to Syria - said he did not believe that there was the "stomach" for "boots on the ground", but that a group made up of permanent members of the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and possibly Egypt could agree a common approach.

In a wide-ranging interview with Newsnight, Mr Annan also claimed that West Africa's war on drugs "has not worked".

  • 12 Jun 2014
  • From the section Africa
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