Syrian Rebels Seek Peace without Assad's Ouster

(New York Times) Anne Barnard and Nick Cumming-Bruce - The Syrian opposition coalition on Wednesday presented its most detailed vision yet of a political transition to end Syria's conflict, in a 24-point plan that, strikingly, made no mention of President Bashar al-Assad or his ouster, while outlining strong requirements for human rights and justice in a future Syria. The proposal, presented to the Syrian government's delegation during peace talks in Geneva, marked a shift in tone for the opposition. Opposition members said they wanted to avoid a state collapse as occurred in Iraq in 2003, and allow for warm relations with Russia, the Assad government's strongest backer.

2014-02-13 00:00:00

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