Syria Transition Plan Could Leave Assad Running Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By David Lev 06/30/12)
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Bashar al-Assad may be able to remain as leader of Syria under a plan
for a government transition approved by major powers Saturday. The
U.S., Russia, and officials of other governments met in Geneva to
discuss the plan authored by former UN Secretary General Koffee Annan.
Under Annan´s plan, members of Assad´s current administration, as
well as of his family, could remain in power under a new
administration. It would be up to the Syrian people if the wanted
Assad himself to remain in power. However, Annan said after the
meeting, “I will doubt that the Syrians who have fought to hard for
their independence will select people with blood on their hands to
"An international crisis of grave severity now looms," Annan said.
Syria, he said was now "filled with weapons—including those of the
most insidious kind—and in the midst of one of the most delicately
balanced and conflict-torn regions in the world. This is the
situation we allowed to emerge. Without unity between you, any action
by one will lead to the opposite reaction by another, thwarting the
aims of either side. We have already seen this taking place."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said that it would be up
to the Syrian people to decide who would be in charge of the country.
He did not discount the possibility of Assad´s remaining in power.
However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “Assad
will still have to go. He will never pass the ´mutual consent´ test
given the blood on his hands,” she added, referring to the statement
issued after the meeting that the Syrian people would decide their
According to the statement, "It is for the people of Syria to come to
a political agreement, but time is running out.” (IsraelNationalNews
© 2012 06/30/12)
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