Syria's National Coalition, the country’s main opposition group, today denounced an Iranian peace proposal as a last-ditch bid save the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
“As the free forces of the Syrian people accomplish one decisive political and military victory after another, the regime and its allies keep on launching lackluster and overdue political initiatives,” said the National Coalition in a statement released on Friday. “The Iranian initiative represents one example of these desperate attempts to throw a lifeline to the inevitably sinking ship of the Assad regime.” (AFP/ The Daily Star of Lebanon, 21 December)
Iran, the most loyal ally of the embattled Assad regime, offered a six-point peace initiative on Sunday.
The plan did not envisage the fall of Assad’s regime, but instead called for “an immediate halt to violence and armed actions under the supervision of the United Nations.”
It also called for sanctions against Syria to be lifted, the start of national dialogue, the establishment of a transitional government, and free elections.
The National Coalition said the proposal claims to care about the lives, unity, and independence of the Syrian people, but if the intent was sincere, “the Iranian regime would end its support to the Assad regime politically, militarily, and economically, and pressure the regime to leave as soon as possible."
“The Iranian regime must seriously consider the future of relations between the Syrian and Iranian people, as the regime it supports is falling,” the Syrian National Coalition warned.
reform protest movement inspired by the Arab Spring but transformed into an armed uprising after the Assad government began brutally crushing demonstrations.
Photo credit: Damaged buildings in Homs. 18 December 2012 (Shaam News Network/Reuters/Daily Star, Thair al-Khalidieh)