Syrian regime wants to disarm rebels "in exchange for a full pardon"

Syria has told international envoy Kofi Annan in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that it is “keen to end violence” but insists that armed opposition groups give up their weapons first.

The Syrian response falls far short of U.S. and European demands that Syrian forces stop fighting first — and even Russia’s insistence that both sides stop fighting simultaneously. But it does leave open the door for talks, and Annan is sending a team to Damascus on Sunday to continue talks on implementing his proposal.

The Syrian letter asks Annan, the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy, “to provide guarantees to the Syrian government that the armed groups will cease all armed aggressions and give up their weapons … in exchange of a full pardon.”

AP

  • Patience2

    And then they can ‘all the more easily’ get their hands on the people with character! So, receiving a ‘pardon’ means admitting first to a crime! What crime? The ‘chinless-twins’ are the ones without character – murderers – liars (how many things has Bashar said and then NOT performed?) There is no way to trust this regime … it must be replaced, come what may. Seems to me the USA and Israel ‘tolerate’ Bashar because he has been a predictable factor. No telling what the next regime will be like except maybe it’ll kill fewer ‘good, hard-working’ people. Predictability, or death, you choose.

  • Patience2

    And then they can ‘all the more easily’ get their hands on the people with character!

  • wargame1

    This is a sign of fear from the Syrian regime. It now start feeling that their days are numbered. The savage killer is offering full pardon!! 

  • wargame1

    This is a sign of fear from the Syrian regime. It now start feeling that their days are numbered. The savage killer is offering full pardon!! 

  • Fauzia45

    I think they want change ,not pardon!!!

  • Fauzia45

    I think they want change ,not pardon!!!

  • ba

    its like asking a child to give up his candy before getting some more. they should ask for a brokered cease fire with Russian troops on the regime sides and Turkish on the opposition sides and a light infantry U.N from India, Brasil and other neutral nations between the two. It would have to be followed by a regime change and political solution or else we have a civil war for the next 20 years in Syria. With a political solution the minorities can share power with the Sunni majority in a Lebanon style democracy. The president should have no power and neither should the cabinet. The country should be governed by the Parliament and it should be split equally while the military should be run by a council of officers not a single man. The only other choices are dividing the country or a long civil war.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thenwowillfail Bad Ass

    its like asking a child to give up his candy before getting some more. they should ask for a brokered cease fire with Russian troops on the regime sides and Turkish on the opposition sides and a light infantry U.N from India, Brasil and other neutral nations between the two. It would have to be followed by a regime change and political solution or else we have a civil war for the next 20 years in Syria. With a political solution the minorities can share power with the Sunni majority in a Lebanon style democracy. The president should have no power and neither should the cabinet. The country should be governed by the Parliament and it should be split equally while the military should be run by a council of officers not a single man. The only other choices are dividing the country or a long civil war.