Assad could be offered clemency deal if he steps down

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Britain and the United States have discussed offering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad immunity from prosecution if he steps down as part of a political transition package, reports said Thursday.

Britain’s Foreign Office said there was “no new offer” on the table when asked to comment on the reports in several UK newspapers, which cited anonymous British government officials.

Discussion of a possible initiative came after US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron received encouragment from Russian President Vladimir Putin in talks at the G20 in Mexico, The Guardian reported.

Britain was ready to discuss clemency for Assad if it meant a Yemen-style transition of power conference could be arranged, possibly in Switzerland, reports said.

“Those of us who had bilaterals thought there was just enough out of those meetings to make it worth pursuing the objective of negotiating a transitional process in Syria,” the Guardian quoted a senior British official as saying.

The Daily Telegraph said Assad could be offered safe passage to take part in talks in Switzerland.

The Independent newspaper said the peace conference could take place in Geneva at the end of this month, and said a clemency offer could involve Assad being allowed to flee to another country such as Russia or Iran.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “There is no new offer. The longer the killing goes on, the fewer options Assad will have.

“But it is for the Syrian people, including the opposition, to decide the details of a transition including the options for Assad.”

The spokesman added “we continue to do everything we can to bring an end to the violence in Syria. The way forward is to implement the Annan plan, to have international support for it in order to reduce the number of killings and the violence.”

AFP

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6 responses to “Assad could be offered clemency deal if he steps down”

  1. 73Corty77 Avatar
    73Corty77

    More crap, Above you have third hand information. See below which was quoted by the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov himself 
     
    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov refuted the statement made by the British PM David Cameron that President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, shifted his stance towards the situation in Syria after the G20 meeting as not true.  
     
    It is not true at all,” said Lavrov in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday.
    The meetings with UK PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama did discuss Syria. Both our partners said President Bashar Al-Assad must go and external players must develop a transition plan for the Syrians to agree,” Lavrov added.
     
    He said ” We expressed our position that we cannot accept a policy which would aim at changing regimes from the outside. This has been our position all along. We also cannot prejudge for the Syrians what the outcome of the political dialogue would be.”
     
    Lavrov reiterated his country’s call for a political dialogue among all Syrians without preconditions or foreign dictates to solve the crisis in Syria.

    1. master09 Avatar
      master09

      And you have word this is second hand or no hand information, come on all media is 80% of the mark but people believe the line that speaks to them…be it true, first hand or what ever hand it is…..do you for real think what the world power talk in the back room is going to be published….

  2. 73Corty77 Avatar
    73Corty77

    More crap, Above you have third hand information. See below which was quoted by the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov himself 
     
    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov refuted the statement made by the British PM David Cameron that President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, shifted his stance towards the situation in Syria after the G20 meeting as not true.  
     
    It is not true at all,” said Lavrov in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday.
    The meetings with UK PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama did discuss Syria. Both our partners said President Bashar Al-Assad must go and external players must develop a transition plan for the Syrians to agree,” Lavrov added.
     
    He said ” We expressed our position that we cannot accept a policy which would aim at changing regimes from the outside. This has been our position all along. We also cannot prejudge for the Syrians what the outcome of the political dialogue would be.”
     
    Lavrov reiterated his country’s call for a political dialogue among all Syrians without preconditions or foreign dictates to solve the crisis in Syria.

    1. master09 Avatar
      master09

      And you have word this is second hand or no hand information, come on all media is 80% of the mark but people believe the line that speaks to them…be it true, first hand or what ever hand it is…..do you for real think what the world power talk in the back room is going to be published….

  3. 73Corty77 Avatar
    73Corty77

    More crap, Above you have third hand information. See below which was quoted by the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov himself 
     
    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov refuted the statement made by the British PM David Cameron that President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, shifted his stance towards the situation in Syria after the G20 meeting as not true.  
     
    It is not true at all,” said Lavrov in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday.
    The meetings with UK PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama did discuss Syria. Both our partners said President Bashar Al-Assad must go and external players must develop a transition plan for the Syrians to agree,” Lavrov added.
     
    He said ” We expressed our position that we cannot accept a policy which would aim at changing regimes from the outside. This has been our position all along. We also cannot prejudge for the Syrians what the outcome of the political dialogue would be.”
     
    Lavrov reiterated his country’s call for a political dialogue among all Syrians without preconditions or foreign dictates to solve the crisis in Syria.

    1. master09 Avatar
      master09

      And you have word this is second hand or no hand information, come on all media is 80% of the mark but people believe the line that speaks to them…be it true, first hand or what ever hand it is…..do you for real think what the world power talk in the back room is going to be published….

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