UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations yesterday denied reports that new peace plan is being drawn up for Syria involving the creation of a senate to oversee a power transition.
Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported that it had obtained a copy of a plan aimed at ending Syria’s 23-month conflict, saying that it had been drafted ‘under UN supervision.’
Members of Syria-based opposition groups tolerated by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad helped draft the plan, the paper added.
But the United Nations said in a statement that ‘neither the secretary-general nor the joint special representative (international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi) have any knowledge of the so-called plan.’
The world body also noted that Ban and Brahimi support opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib’s offer to hold peace talks with regime officials without blood on their hands.