06:34 GMT +313 December 2019
Listen Live
    Children play near upright buses barricading a street, which serve as protection from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, Syria April 6, 2016

    Power-Sharing Arrangement Critical for Syrian Return to United Country

    © REUTERS / Abdalrhman Ismail
    Politics
    Get short URL
    0 43
    Subscribe

    Assembling a transitional government in Syria will require substantial power-sharing among groups, if the country is to be unified again, US Senator Chris Coons told Sputnik on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the Syrian opposition’s Moscow platform put forward a proposed transitional government arrangement to appoint five vice presidents as deputies to President Bashar Assad.

    The proposal allegedly received a positive response from UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition delegation, ruled out the proposal, saying that President Bashar Assad must leave.

    "Putting Syria back together is going to be an incredibly difficult challenge and it will require a lot of compromise and a lot of creativity… and power-sharing if it is to be restored to what it once was, a unitary and secular country," Coons said.

    Coons, who serves on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, explained that he had not heard of the opposition’s proposal, but commented that the structure of five vice presidents could be "interesting."

    If the five officials were to serve under Assad, "that raises a much bigger question," he noted.

    Coons has been a fierce critic of Assad’s government, which he has referred to as a "murderous regime."

    At the March Syrian proximity talks, the negotiating sides reaffirmed their commitment under UN Security Council Resolution 2254 to produce a draft constitution, including a framework for a government transition, by August of this year.

    On Thursday, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura announced that the Intra-Syrian talks will not resume in the next two to three weeks. The last round of talks wrapped up on April 27, amid a fracturing ceasefire in the country.

    Related:

    G7 Support Investigation Into Reported Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria
    Russian Military Registers Three Ceasefire Violations in Syria
    Syrian Democratic Forces Free Three Villages From Daesh Near Raqqa
    Syrian Democratic Forces Kill 30 Militants Near Raqqa in 48 Hours
    US Intelligence Cites Decline in Daesh Foreign Fighters to Syria, Iraq
    Ankara Wants Syria’s Turkmen to Participate in Country's Management
    US, Russia Conduct Daily Phone Checks on Syria Operations
    Belarus Not Ready to Receive Syrian Refugees in Large Numbers
    Tags:
    transitional government, Staffan de Mistura, Bashar al-Assad, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik