Annan praises Bashar's speech
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has welcomed Bashar's statement yesterday that Syria will co-operate with the UN investigation.
"I was encouraged by what he said in the speech that he will cooperate with the U.N. investigation. I think that is essential and is good for Syria to cooperate. It is good for the region and the international system so I am happy that he did indicate he would cooperate," he said.
It was feared that Bashar's angry speech - by far his most combative since coming to power - would increase tensions with the UN and demonstrate 'non co-operation'.
Bashar said yesterday that Syria would 'play the UN's game'.