After his talks in Tehran
After his talks in Tehran, Annan met ray ban wayfarer Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad. Assad and Maliki both have close relations with Iran, a Shi'ite Muslim power vying with Sunni Gulf Arab states for predominance in the wider region. Annan was trying to enlist the support of regional powers in efforts to revive his moribund plan for ending the crisis, in which rebels are fighting to topple the authoritarian Assad. Annan said the first attempt to call a truce on April 12 had failed. He underlined the risk of the conflict "spilling over" to neighbouring states and noted that the mandate of U.N. monitors in Syria expires on July 21. Annan said Assad had proposed "building an approach from ray ban sunglasses 2012 new for sale the ground up in some of the districts where we have extreme violence to try and contain the violence in those districts and, step by step, build up and end the violence across the country". He said he needed to discuss the proposal with the Syrian opposition and could not give further details. It was not clear when he planned to do so. Opposition leaders say there can be no peaceful transition unless Assad, who crushed popular protests from the moment they began, relinquishes power first. Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for 42 years, has ruled out leaving office in ray ban sunglasses classic 2012 on sale such a way.