Jul 9 - Kofi Annan leaves his hotel in Damascus on his way to hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Kofi Annan was due to hold talks on Monday (July 9) with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said in an interview U.S. political support for "terrorists" was hindering the peace envoy's plan to end 16 months of bloodshed. Assad also accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of supplying the rebels trying to overthrow him with arms and other support. But he said Annan's peace plan should not be allowed to fail. Assad made his remarks when speaking to German broadcaster ARD in an interview conducted in English on July 5 (Thursday). International peace envoy Kofi Annan arrived on Sunday (July 8) at the Dama Rose hotel in the Syrian capital Damascus, where U.N. observers have been staying since suspending their patrols because of an increase in the level of violence.