Annan says end to Syria violence is top priority


CAIRO (AP) -- Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan says his top priority as special envoy to Syria is to end the violence, deliver humanitarian relief and finally start a "political process" to resolve the one-year conflict there.

Annan has been appointed joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria. He travels to Damascus on Saturday. He spoke at a news conference after talks on Thursday with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby in Cairo.

Annan says he has the full backing of the international community.

Elaraby said there could not be a repeat in Syria of the "Libyan scenario," alluding to months of NATO airstrikes that helped then-Libyan rebels overthrow the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.