’No victors, no vanquished’ : UN sees Assad staying, post-conflict
President Bashar al-Assad should remain in power in the immediate aftermath of Syria’s war, as the Damascus government, opposition and civic society groups form a transitional authority, according to the UN envoy’s peace plan, The New Arab can exclusively reveal.
Assad would, however, be stripped of authority over the military and security apparatus as the first step in a multi-stage transition designed to draw a line under the war that has killed at least 400,000 people in the past five years.
The proposal is mentioned in a draft communique from Geneva, believed to have been authored by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura as the framework for negotiations. The document has been leaked exclusively to The New Arab and its sister Arabic-language publication.