American Syrian Coalition Rejects U.N. Peace Plan that May Include Assad in Future Syrian Government

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The American Syrian Coalition (ASC) rejected the United Nations-backed political transition plan for Syria announced at a Geneva meeting on Saturday. The plan, led by U.N. Special Envoy Kofi Annan, calls for the formation of a transitional government that may include representatives of both the regime and the opposition.

Another year to implement such a vague plan is unacceptable and will only give Assad more time to kill Syrian civilians

The American Syrian Coalition (ASC) rejected the United Nations-backed political transition plan for Syria announced at a Geneva meeting on Saturday. The plan, led by U.N. Special Envoy Kofi Annan, calls for the formation of a transitional government that may include representatives of both the regime and the opposition.

SEE: Syrian Opposition Rejects U.N. Peace Plan – AP

Although the wording of the final communique does not specify a timeline to implement the plan, Annan said he wants to give the plan another year. Additionally, the plan does not explicitly call for the departure of Bashar al-Assad from power and may include him in a future Syrian government.

“We refuse any plan that allows Assad and those whose hands are soaked with Syrian blood to to stay in power,” said Dr. Mahmoud Khattab, Chairman of the ASC. “Another year to implement such a vague plan is unacceptable and will only give Assad more time to kill Syrian civilians.”Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March of 2011, more than 18,000 people have been killed including 1,300 children, according to the Strategic Research and Communications Centre.

The ASC includes: the Syrian American Council (SAC), the Syrian Expatriates Organization, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and United for a Free Syria.

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