Russia has reportedly proposed to the Syrian opposition replacing Syrian president Bashar al Assad with General Ali Mamlouk – the chief of Syrian national security in a peaceful settlement aimed at ending the unrest in Syria, according to a report by the kuwaiti newspaper al Anbaa.
The proposal was reportedly rejected outright by the opposition before the Doha conference and the announcement of the formation of the Syrian National Coalition .
Russia reportedly told the opposition it is not committed to Assad’s survival and ready to dump him ,for the sake of a peaceful settlement and to prevent any foreign military intervention.
According to Al Anbaa sources Russia made the proposal to guarantee a future relationship with the new syrian leadership because it knows Assad’s days are numbered and because it trusts Mamlouk to continue the mutual friendly relationship .
Syria according to observers is Russia’s largest customer for military equipment and for this reason is doing everything it can to preserve the regime.
Mamlouk became a household name in Lebanon after Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces discovered last August explosives that were transported from Syria by former Minister Michel Samaha.
Mamlouk reportedly supplied the explosives to Samaha.
Lebanese judicial authorities have charged Samaha and Mamlouk with forming a group to commit terrorist crimes in Lebanon.
The evidence of Samaha terrorist plot seems overwhelming, and the former minister appears to have confessed on tape to plotting to target Christian leaders with the aim of blaming Sunni extremists and cementing the Christian community’s support for Assad’s supposedly secular regime.
According to Lebanese security sources, when asked why he would do such a thing, the former minister replied, “This is what Bashar wants.”