Syrian Crisis: Assad’s Fate Still Undecided After Geneva Talks

The summit meeting of world powers in Geneva last Saturday have voted to set up a transitional national unity government in Syria to end the 16-month crisis. However, they are still unsure of what to do with the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Kofi Annan, the UN Peace Envoy, state that the government can assign members from both Assad’s administration and Syrian opposition. The Syrians should also be given the right to hold free elections.

Annan made it clear that through the free elections, it will be clear that Syrians will not vote for a leader with blood on their hands. The United States and Russia debated about what should be done with Assad. Russia has been Syria’s longest ally. However, even if Russia has agreed to the transitional national unity government proposal, they still declare that Assad should not be made to quit his position.

The 16 month’s conflict has escalated to a new level of violence this week. Following the bombing of a man’s funeral, to the skrimishes in Damascus, Deir al-Zor, Homs and Idlib.

The Syrian bombing of a Turkish non-aggressive warplane recently increased tensions between the two countries. Eyewitnesses state that Turkish forces that were stationed near the border of Jandaris fired in open air in defiance against the Syrian bombing of rebel areas.

Source: Livemint.com

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