14 February 2013, 17:19

Syrian opposition sets out its vision for national reconciliation

Syrian opposition sets out its vision for national reconciliation

The Arab-language Asharq Alawsat newspaper has published an alternative peace plan for Syrian settlement proposed by the internal Syrian opposition.

Opposition leaders proposed to vest the United Nations with all monitoring powers and have it approve the roadmap for peace.

According to the opposition's guidelines, an elders’ council will be set up to govern the country during the period of power transition. The council will be staffed following a nationwide dialogue, with 102 delegates chosen by the UN from participants of the peace settlement panel and 38 appointed by opposition and the regime.

The interim government will be composed of people from all walks of life from service personnel and judges to rural workers, educationalists and the clergy.

Both parties will sign a reconciliation agreement that will seal the peace and proclaim Syria a democratic parliamentary republic. According to the treaty, Syria will be a secular, non-confessional state.

The elders' council will oversee the country’s demilitarization, safeguard the national reconciliation and set up a civil society.

As a ceasefire sets in, the transition government will administer humanitarian aid, announce a general amnesty and launch reconstruction works.

Regional observers say many of the plan’s provisions mirror the roadmap put forth by Syrian President Assad back on January 6, 2013.

Syrian conflict gets worse every day - FM spokesman

The Syrian conflict is getting worse every day, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters Thursday.

The diplomat once again stressed the importance of a dialogue between the warring parties and voiced his support for peacemaking efforts by the UN envoy for Syria Lakdar Brahimi.

Lukashevich added that Russia will continue to interact with all parties to the conflict to reach the soonest possible resolution.

Damascus rejects Moscow’s proposal on Syrian talks

Damascus has rejected Moscow’s proposal to host talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.

In a statement on Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry stressed that such talks should only be held in Syria.

At the same time, Damascus hailed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s readiness to sit down for parleys with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow in the near future.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax, RIA

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