Exclusive: Annan calls for Syria national unity government: envoys

UNITED NATIONS Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:48pm EDT

Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria Kofi Annan (R) gestures next to Major-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria Kofi Annan (R) gestures next to Major-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva June 22, 2012.

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and other big powers have told Syria mediator Kofi Annan they support his idea of a Syrian national unity cabinet that could include government and opposition members but would exclude those whose participation would undermine it, envoys said on Wednesday.

The proposal is one of the main topics that Russia, the other four permanent Security Council members and other key players in the Middle East will discuss at a meeting in Geneva on Saturday about the 16-month conflict in Syria, diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"It could comprise present government members, opposition and others, but would need to exclude those whose continued participation or presence would jeopardize the transition's credibility, or harm prospects for reconciliation and stability," a diplomat said, summarizing Annan's proposal.

The diplomat added that the idea of excluding certain people was clearly referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, though Annan's proposal does not explicitly say Assad could not serve in a national unity government.

(Reporting By Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Arabi_Souri wrote:
& who said that Syrians would accept forming a ‘unity government’? A unity government is the worse type of governments throughout history and Lebanon is a great living example, that’s firstly.

Secondly, Syria just finalized its democratization and formed its government that includes two opposition figures, and what Syria refused of foreign dictations when entire Syrian cities were besieged by terrorists, won’t accept now.

Thirdly, and just for the public knowledge, if the Syrian leadership accepts forming a new government based on foreign dictations, whatsoever and by whomsoever even by Russia, China, Iran or any other party, then the Syrian people would start their real revolution, and let the leadership enjoy the 2000 opposition figures filling NATO media it’ll satisfy and the 23 million Syrians whom will feel they’ve been betrayed, whom endured all atrocities and supported the Syrian leadership in its war on terror, they’ll take to the streets and they’ll uproot the criminals and traitors from the opposition whom called for foreign intervention and filled NATO media with their hatred and their treason.

I repeat: We won’t accept now, after we cleansed or almost terror out of our country with very high price we paid, we won’t accept now what we rejected when terror was in control of Syrian cities, and those who don’t take this warning try us and see.

Jun 28, 2012 3:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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