The proposal calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down in the first three months of 2013 and for the transition process to be undertaken by the opposition National Coalition, which was recognised as the sole representative of Syrians by Arab and Western states last week, the Radikal newspaper reported.
The plan was discussed duringRussian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbulon December 3 and Putin reportedly considered it a “creative formula,” according to Radikal. Turkey, once an ally of the Damascus regime, has become a fierce critic of the bloody crackdown on a rebellion that has turned into civil war.
For its part Russia has been one of Assad’s few allies, routinely blocking resolutions against his regime at the UN Security Council.
Ankara, which has been tightlipped on the new proposal, is seeking to deprive Assad ofRussian and Iranian support, according to the Radikal newspaper.
The plan is likely to be turned down by Assad but it might change the course of the 21-month conflict due to the international community’s support, Radikal said, noting that the United States, Egypt, Qatar, Russia and the United Nations have been debating the Ankara-led proposal over the past 10 days.
Ban told reporters in Ankara that he hoped that the new strategies would be very closely coordinated with UN peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, so that there would be a consensus of views among the international community.
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Reported by Anatolia Agency