World Powers Approve 'Last-Ditch' Syria Plan

President Bashar al-Assad could be part of transitional government
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2012 1:36 PM CDT
World Powers Approve 'Last-Ditch' Syria Plan
HIllary Clinton, right, sits next to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, June 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron, Pool)

Delegates from world powers approved a plan today to end fighting in Syria and support a transitional government that may or may not include President Bashar al-Assad, CNN reports. The first step: Both sides in the Syria conflict will be asked to recommit to a ceasefire. Then the UN and the Arab League will try to implement a six-point plan without waiting for others to join in, said Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

They want to help create a transitional Syrian government, which will be decided by Syrians and may include some current officials, the AP reports. Hillary Clinton said that Assad "will still have to go," but Moscow continues to insist that Syria must determine its own president. The agreement, which includes having Syria release detainees and welcome journalists, and allow peaceful demonstrations, is a last-ditch effort to end the fighting there—which killed 190 people yesterday. "We should never have reached this point," Annan said. (More Syrian uprising stories.)

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