Author’s note: while most media outlets are writing that the details of the Russian plan for Syria have not been disclosed, one exception is the Russian News which is the primary source of this article. The link to the Soviet agency is included.
The United Nations Security Council’s plans to support the League of Arab States’ lead in dealing with bloodshed in Syria, currently most particularly in Homs, where hundreds have been dying daily, ended when Russia and China vetoed the resolution the Council had prepared. The Syrian government has worked to quell civilian uprising since March; they say they are fighting “foreign-backed armed gangs.” Now fighting alongside the feedom seeking civilians, thousands of soldiers, formerly of the Syrian Regime army have defected to the ranks of the free army. Syria’s interior ministry said the operations against “terrorist groups” will continue until order is restored in Homs.
Russia is committed to ending the civilian deaths, and a Russian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Damascus on Tuesday. Russia, while supplying arms to Damascus, will continue working with Syrian opposition groups to mitigate the conflict.
The world has waited to hear details of the Russian Plan. The plan we now know calls for talks between Assad’s government and the opposition, talks that Moscow will coordinate. In addition, Syria will call a referendum to draw up a new constitution. This new constitution will end the monopolistic control of the ruling political party over Syria. Syrian President Assad has agreed to follow the guidelines of the League of Arab States by increasing the number of observers in all areas of Syria; even in the most involved and hostile areas. Russia has discussed these plans with the Arab League, whom Russia consider a “stabilizing factor” for Syria.
Neighboring Turkey declares meanwhile they will “start a new initiative with those countries who stand by the Syrian people, not the regime.” This resolve was released to news organizations by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in the Turkish capitol in Ankara.
(the photo comes from The Nation, and Pakistan News, published February 5, 2012)