Saturday, June 30, 2012

UN special envoy Kofi Annan says it is up to the people of Syria to come to a political agreement.

World powers meeting to discuss the conflict in Syria have agreed a unity government should be formed including members of the current regime as well as the opposition.

The so-called "action group" on Syria was meeting in Geneva, Switzerland amid ongoing bloody violence between the Syrian security forces and rebels aiming to end President Bashar al Assad's rule.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the plan agreed by the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, the US, China, Russia and France - as well as Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar paved the way for a post-Assad government.

"Assad will still have to go," she told reporters.

"What we have done here is to strip away the fiction that he and those with blood on their hands can stay in power."

But the compromise does allow the president and his supporters to be part of the desired transition of power.

UN special envoy Kofi Annan said: "It is for the people of Syria to come to a political agreement. Read More