KURDPA: The United States, Russia and other world leaders have agreed on a plan for a transitional government of
national unity in Syria that they hope will pave the way for an end to the violence that has killed more than 15,000 people during the 16-month
The plan, drafted by International Envoy Kofi Annan, lays out a number of steps that, if followed, could lead to the
Syrian people democratically determining their own future. But it also leaves open the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can be
part of the transitional government.
Introducing the plan, Annan said he hopes it will launch a Syrian-led political process that ultimately
will enable the Syrian people to democratically determine their own future.
The plan grants full executive powers to the transitional governing
body. Both members of the government and opposition are to be included in the body. Annan says the Action Group has drawn up guidelines, which are
meant to be helpful to the Syrian people.
He said it is for the Syrians, themselves, not the international community, to determine the future
of the country. When given the opportunity, he says he believes the Syrian people will choose their leader wisely.
“I think people who have
blood on their hands hopefully are not the only people in Syria. I think the Government will have to be formed through discussion, negotiations, and
by mutual consent. And I will doubt that the Syrians - who have fought so hard for their independence, to be able to have a say in how they are
governed and who governs them - will select people with blood on their hands to lead them.”
The plan does not mention Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad by name nor indicate what, if any, role he will have to play in the new national government of unity. This verbal compromise deftly avoided a
showdown between the United States and Russia, who do not see eye to eye as to whether Assad should remain in power.