Assad plan 'detached from reality': US

2013-01-07 10:01

Washington - Syrian President Bashar Assad's road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is "detached from reality" and he should step down, the US State Department said on Sunday.

Assad's speech "is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people's goal of a political transition. His initiative is detached from reality", spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

Nuland also said that Assad's proposal undermined the work of special UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and "would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people".

"For nearly two years, the Assad regime has brutalised its own people," she said.

"Assad has lost all legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and a democratic transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people."

Earlier on Sunday, Assad delivered a speech in which he outlined a three-phase plan to put an end to the 21-month-old conflict, which the United Nations says has claimed more than 60 000 lives.

Support to continue

The Syrian president branded the opposition "slaves" of the West and told foreign powers to stop backing the rebels.

"Right after that, our military operations will cease," Assad said, adding, without elaborating, that a mechanism would be set up to monitor any such truce.

Damascus would then step up contacts to convene a national dialogue conference with opponents "inside and outside" Syria who do not take orders from abroad. Eventually, a national charter would be drawn up and voted upon in a referendum.

Nuland however said Washington would continue to support Brahimi's efforts to implement a framework for peace endorsed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and the UN General Assembly.

She accused Assad's regime of "deliberately stoking sectarian tensions and continuing to kill its own people by attacking Sunni towns and villages" in parts of Latakia province.

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 10:58

    "She accused Assad's regime of "deliberately stoking sectarian tensions and continuing to kill its own people by attacking Sunni towns and villages" in parts of Latakia province." Given that the army and airforce is largely intact still after almost two years of supposed industrialised murder of unarmed civilians, can we not trust those ordinary men, drawn from the very populace that they are accused of massacring, to know exactly who it is that they have in their cross hairs. I can see how Americans always interpret their fantasies as reality, and then cause all kinds of problems by acting on that faulty interpretation of reality. Americans speak with a forked tongue. The exact opposite of anything said about Syria, is generally the truth.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 19:55

      Fidel, YOU are the one living in a fantasy world!!! There will be no peace, while this assad terrorist is in power ( actually meaning; being propped up by these Russian bastards ) !!!! This uprising started with the aim to get rid of theses assad terrorists, and it will only end, with the overthrow of this thug. All this American CRAP you talk about, is only to confuse, and is totally irrelevant to what's acctually happening in Syria!!!!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 21:40

      For reasons known only to you, you've decided to link your post to mine, even though the nonsense you have written has no bearing whatsoever to what I have written, and doesn't even attempt to address it. Contrarian much?

  • ira.r.phoenix - 2013-01-07 11:06

    It almost sounds like he wants to pull a Mogabe... This situation will only escalate, they should just do what must be done to end it. It's already a blood-bath. They West should consider pulling another Lybia move in my opinion.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 11:17

      Bombing people to save them. I’m still waiting to find evidence somewhere in the world that bombing poor civilian populations of the Third World from the air is good for their voting rights, democracy, medical care, education, welfare, national debt, and enhancing personal income and wealth distribution.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 19:58

      . Now you really have lost the plot !!!!! It is this assad terrorist who IS BOMBING, you clown !!!! he CONTROLS the skies over Syria !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 20:58

      I've since realised that it's a waste of time and energy trying to respond to you as you have no comprehension of dialogue.

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