Syrian Opposition Spokesperson: Any Transition Deal Should Entail Assad’s Prosecution for War Crimes

United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan met today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the midst of worsening violence. Syria’s 16-month conflict has so far claimed more than 15,000 lives. Annan said today’s last ditch attempt to salvage a peace effort ended with an agreement on how end the violence, but he did not disclose details. Earlier he acknowledged his six-point peace plan had failed to halt the fighting between anti-government forces and the Assad regime. “The bottom line is that the majority of the country is engaged in a popular revolution for freedom, for democracy, for dignity,” says Rafif Jouejati, the English-language spokesperson for the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists throughout the country. “We have mountains of evidence indicating that his armed forces have been engaged in systematic torture, rampant detentions, massacres across the country.”

Source: Democracy Now

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