Kofi Annan 'optimistic' about Syria meeting

The UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has said he is "optimistic" that the meeting of world leaders in Geneva on Saturday will produce an acceptable outcome.

Mr Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told Reuters TV that "talks are on course" and a preparatory meeting will be held in Geneva on Friday.

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Syria will 'eliminate terror'

Syria's President Assad said his government had a duty to "eliminate terrorists" to protect its people. He also ruled out any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country.