(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Just days after admitting his six-point peace plan for Syria had failed, United Nations special emissary Kofi Annan says he had a very "candid and constructive" discussion with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Speaking to reporters in Damascus on Monday before leaving Syria, Annan said he and al-Assad reached an agreement on how to end the violence that activists say has claimed some 17,000 lives.
"We agreed on a approach which we would also share with the armed, which I will share with the armed opposition," Annan said. He wouldn't provide further details.
"They reassured me of the government's commitment to the six-point plan which of course we should move ahead to implement in a much better fashion than has been the situation so far," Annan added.
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