Kofi Annan: I wish Nigeria action had come sooner

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By Mick Krever, CNN

Action by the Nigerian government and international partners to go after the group that has held more than 200 girls captive in that country should have come sooner, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I think the government should do all it can to get the girls free,” he said, “and I’m very happy that the U.S., the U.K., and other governments are teaming up with Nigeria to resolve this issue.”

“I wish this had happened earlier, but it is happening, and the Nigerian people are also demanding action.”

Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls last month, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has come under fire after waiting three weeks to publicly acknowledge the kidnappings.

The Nigerian government also now accepted U.S. and British offers of assistance, officials with those governments said.

The kidnapping, Annan said, are “abominable.”

“It is something…

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Turkish PM: U.S. elections hampering Syria action

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See more of Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday at 2100 CET, 2300 CET, 1700 HKT and 2200 HKT on CNN International’s “Amanpour” program or here at Amanpour.com

(CNN) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United States is “lacking of initiative” on Syria and suggested that could be because of the upcoming U.S. election.

During a wide-ranging interview in Istanbul with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Erdogan discussed the 18-month crisis in Syria and touched on a number of other topics, including Iran’s suspected nuclear program.

“Right now, there are certain things being expected from the United States. The United States had not yet catered to those expectations,” the prime minister said when asked whether he was surprised the United States is not offering anything but “nonlethal support” to the opposition.

“Maybe it’s because of the elections — maybe it’s because…

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