Dec 22, 2012
Russia and the US have reached an agreement on a plan by which Syrian President Bashar Assad would step down and a transitional government would assume power, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Saturday.
Diplomatic sources told The Telegraph that the plan would create a transitional government made up of regime and opposition figures. It would require Assad to hand over power quickly and he would be encouraged to accept an orderly exile, they told the British newspaper.
Citing sources within the Syrian National Coalition, Asharq Al-Awsat reported two possibilities were being discussed.
One option is for Assad to be a partner in the transfer of power and as a result enjoy international protection. Another possibility is that world powers negotiate a transfer of power in his absence, and he would lose the protection that a settlement would produce.