As part of the United Nations’ peace plan in Syria, the U.N. Security Council agreed Friday on a “credible, inclusive and nonsectarian governance” within six months and “free and fair elections, pursuant to the new constitution” within 18 months.
The 15 members of the council unanimously approved the text after hours of negotiations.
However, the resolution does not discuss the future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Western countries have called for his departure but Russia and China say he should not be required to leave the country’s top political spot, which was their precondition for peace talks.
While Western and Arab nations accept that Assad can be a part of the transition, they insist he must be gone by the end of it.
“The Syrian people will decide the future of Syria,” the text stated, expressing support for a Syrian-led political process, facilitated by the U.N., to schedule and draft a new constitution.
United States’ Secretary of State John Kerry said Assad had lost the ability and credibility to unite his country and this resolution was needed to give the Syrian people a real choice between war and peace.
This U.N.-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war was met with skepticism Saturday by members of the country's fractured opposition that insists Assad must go to achieve peace, according to AFP.
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