Damascus rejected the plan of LAS
The Syrian authorities have rejected a new plan for the League of Arab States (LAS) to resolve the political crisis, calling it "a gross interference in its internal affairs". This was reported today by local media referring to the statement of the government.
"Syria rejects decisions taken against her, and finds that they violate its sovereignty, because they represent a gross interference in the internal affairs of the country", said in a statement.
Earlier today, the Arab League adopted a plan for a political settlement in Syria, which includes a number of stringent requirements and recommendations to the regime in Damascus. Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani stressed that the new initiative is imbued with concern for maintaining "a strong and united Syria, which is a founding member of the Arab League and plays a key role in regional affairs". He, along with the general secretary of the regional community Nabil al-Arabi, called on the Syrian government "to realize the responsibility and to make serious steps to resolve the crisis".
The plan proposed by the League of Arab States implies four basic points. The League obliges the Syrian regime to engage in dialogue with all opposition factions within two weeks. After that, during two months, in Syria there must be formed a Government of National Unity, headed by a consensus figure that suits both the authorities and opposition. Syrian leader Bashar Assad was recommended to give his vice president the authority to cooperate with the transitional Cabinet. Three months after the formation of a government, early presidential and parliamentary elections under Arab and international control should be held in the country. The implementation of the "road map" will be observed by the Special Envoy of the Arab League.
Syrian opposition has endorsed the plan and the Arab League declared its readiness to carry out the main points of the "road map" for a political settlement of the crisis. "We consider this initiative as a recognition the right of the Syrian people for free and decent life, which he won in his courageous struggle" , the leader of the Syrian National Council Burhan Latrine said, ITAR-TASS reported.