Iraq PM to Present Syria Plan at Tehran Summit
[An Nahar] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party....
was to submit a plan to end Syria's conflict on Thursday based on a halt to violence and formation of a unity government that could include Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
, his front man said.
Maliki was to outline the initiative, under which a Syrian regime figure would negotiate with opposition groups and elections take place under international and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
supervision, in a speech to the Non-Aligned summit in Tehran.
"This initiative is a developed version of a proposal that Iraq informally presented during the vaporous Arab League summit (in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
in March) to some Arab leaders," Maliki's front man Ali Moussawi told Agence La Belle France Presse by telephone from Tehran.
The proposal includes an agreement by all parties in Syria to end violence and a call for all countries to "stop interfering in Syria's internal affairs."
It also calls for roundtable talks under Arab League supervision and the formation of an interim unity government which "includes all components of the Syrian people, with all factions agreeing upon who heads the government," Moussawi said.
The plan proposes the formation of an independent election commission and polls to be carried out under supervision, as well as the appointment of a regime official to negotiate with opposition groups.
Iraq, which shares a 600-kilometer (375-mile) border with Syria, has pointedly avoided calling for Assad to step down or criticizing his government, urging instead an end to violence by all parties.
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