Following is a statement issued today by Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria:
“The Action Group for Syria will convene at the Ministerial level this Saturday, the 30th of June, in Geneva. Today, I have sent invitations to the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council -- China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America -- and Turkey.
“Invitations have also gone to the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, and to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; as well as to the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, as Chair of the Summit of the League of Arab States; Kuwait, as Chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States and Qatar, as Chair of the Follow-up Committee on Syria of the League of Arab States.
“The objectives of the Action Group for Syria are to identify steps and measures to secure full implementation of the six-point plan and Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043, including an immediate cessation of violence in all its forms.
“The Action Group for Syria should also agree on guidelines and principles for a Syrian-led political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people; and agree on actions that will make these objectives a reality on the ground.
“I look forward to a productive meeting this weekend, where we can all agree on concrete actions to end the cycle of violence and bring peace and stability to the Syrian people.”