Yesterday, Russia and four other veto-wielding UN Security Council members agreed to the proposal of Kofi Annan about a Syrian national unity cabinet. Kofi Annan states that the government will include government and opposition members, but it vows to do away with people whose participation will destroy the unified government.
This political transition plan is seen by Annan as the only hope to end the Syrian conflict currently on its 16th month. This is the topic that Annan and the five security council members will discuss on Saturday in Geneva. It was summarized that Annan viewed that the Syrian conflict can only end if the two sides can see a common, shared future peacefully.
The Syria Unity Government was the establishment of this shared future as a neutral starting point for the political transition. Government members, opposition and other cabinet members will be included. However, it would exclude people who could cause unrest in the political transition.
While not explicitly stated in the plan, many diplomats see one of the excluded members of government to be the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Russia, being one of the closest allies of Syria, may have Assad still in power even after agreeing to Annan’s plan.
Diplomats state that Russia, while it may appear they have changed their stand about the Syrian crisis, still will not let go of Assad. However, the statement of the Russian representatives were not available.
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