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Assad plan 'detached from reality': United States

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:07 AM
 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is "detached from reality" and he should step down, the United States State Department said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is "detached from reality" and he should step down, the United States State Department said on Sunday.

Assad's speech "is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people's goal of a political transition.

His initiative is detached from reality," spokesman Victoria Nuland said.

Ms Nuland also said that Assad's proposal undermined the work of special UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and "would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people."

 
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