Report: European countries plan 'last resort' Syrian peace initiative

September 6, 2013 11:20

European countries will present a "last resort" initiative to avoid a US-led strike against Syria and resolve the Syrian crisis peacefully, at the sidelines of the G20 Conference in Russia, Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria reported on Friday.

According to the paper, European diplomats are working to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept the initiative, that sets three conditions to preventing the possible US strike.Primarily, Syrian President Bashar Assad would have to resign within three months. Secondly, a transitional government would have to be chosen, and finally, both the Syrian government and the opposition would have to go to the Geneva peace conference.

The initiative, European sources told the paper, would save Syria from further ruin and destruction, and at the same time save the credibility of the international community.

The sources however raised doubts Assad would agree to accept this initiative.

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