Russia 'proposes Syria talks in Moscow', Lebanese media

For Assad-led transitional government; Egypt 'not involved'

12 November, 18:45

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 12 - A few hours after the end of UN envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura's visit to Damascus, Russia is said to have proposed a 'peace plan' for the country.

    The plan consists in talks between the opposition and the regime in Moscow and the formation of a transitional government in which President Bashar Al-Assad would remain at the head of the armed forces and the security services, reported Lebanese media linked to the pro-Iranian Shia movement Hezbollah on Wednesday. The Beirut-based daily Al-Akhbar said that the Russian foreign ministry and the Egyptian government were working together for talks to be held in Moscow between representatives of the regime and those of the oppositions in exile and still in the country. The daily quotes sources as saying that the talks would aim to set up a transitional government - including members of the regime and of opposition groups - tasked with creating a commission to modify the current constitution. Parliamentary elections would then be held within the two years following the formation of the government, followed by presidential elections in which Assad would be able to run. Egyptian diplomatic sources denied to ANSA that any new initiatives had been taken with Russia, after being questioned on the veracity of the news reported by Al-Akhbar ''A political solution is the only way to get out of the current impasse in Syria,'' Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said in meeting with UN envoy De Mistura in Cairo, calling for diplomatic efforts to go forward and for contact to be maintained with Egypt on the issue in order to achieve a solution. (ANSAmed).

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