Syrian Rebels Spurn UN Peace Plan

Negotiations a 'Waste of Time'

by Jason Ditz, July 01, 2012

The last attempted at a UN plan by Special Envoy Kofi Annan saw a brief ceasefire in Syria, which ended a month ago when the rebels announced they no longer considered themselves bound by it. The new plan, announced over the weekend, is likely to have an even shorter shelf life, as Syrian rebel factions are already condemning it on general principle.

Several rebel factions have already ruled out participating in the new “transition plan,” saying that they consider it a “waste of time” and would never agree to any negotiations with the regime of Bashar Assad.

The rebels also complained that the terms of the deal were too vague, but the US and France defended it, saying it proved that there was “no future role” for Assad in Syria.

The Assad regime doesn‘t seem keen on the transition plan either, expressing annoyance that the negotiation took place entirely among foreign powers, and seemed disinterested in Syrian wishes.

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