MOSCOW, September 10 /TASS/. The Syrian people rather than external forces should decide on the future of their country and leadership, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday reconfirming Syria’s stance on the Syrian settlement.
He refused to comment if UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura was preparing a plan that would allegedly leave just nominal powers to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"How can we say anything without a plan?" Peskov asked.
"Many proposals are being made to this effect but the most important thing is that it is the Syrian people rather than some external forces who should make decisions on Syria’s future," the presidential press secretary stressed.
The pan-Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat has recently published a roadmap proposed by the UN envoy designed to implement the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, the basic international document for the Syrian settlement. The plan leaves "protocol functions" to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The main powers will pass on to an interim body. A Joint Military Council comprising Syrian officers and members of opposition armed groups will be set up.
A political process, under this plan, will fall into three stages: negotiations between the government and the opposition; a transitional period and the final formation of a state through UN-mediated parliamentary and presidential elections. The document also mentions a list of 120 members of the Syrian regime banned from holding any posts in the interim transitional period.
At the same time, the Arab Socialist Rebirth Party (BAAS) of President Bashar al-Assad will not be banned.