Arab League set to announce plan to end Syrian uprising
President Bashar al-Assad's government has reportedly agreed to a plan to end the Syrian uprising. Leaked details include the release of all political prisoners, a new constitution, and free elections.
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Leaked details of the plan outline significant concessions from the Assad regime, but ahead of the announcement the Syrian opposition and its international backers were skeptical that such concessions would actually be implemented.
The Associated Press reports that several Arab League diplomats confirmed that a plan to resolve the Syrian conflict would be revealed on Wednesday in Cairo, though they spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal is not yet public. According to the diplomats, the plan will entail withdrawal of Syria's tanks from the streets, release of all political prisoners, a new constitution, and free presidential and parliamentary elections.
Officially, the League has said it is still awaiting a response from Syria, according to various Arab media. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reports that the Arab League deputy secretary general, Ahmed Ben Helli, told Al-Arabiya television that "until now, the Arab League has not been informed of Syria's formal response to the Arab initiative."
The plan appears to go further than the Arab League's initial proposal. Al Jazeera English writes that the proposal entailed the military withdrawal and the prisoner release, but stopped short of free elections and a new constitution. Rather, the League sought deployment of Arab monitors to the country and that Damascus open a dialogue with the opposition.