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Brahimi says has Syria plan all world powers may back

Published on Dec 31, 2012 6:08 AM
Residents run to take cover as a Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr district Dec 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned on Sunday the Syrian war was worsening "by the day" as he announced a peace plan he believed could find support from world powers, including key Syria ally Russia.

Mr Brahimi's comments came as Russia despatched a third warship to its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus in readiness for a possible evacuation of its nationals and as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Syrian refugees that victory over the "tyrant" President Bashar al-Assad was at hand.

The situation in Syria "is very bad and getting worse by the day," Mr Brahimi told reporters in Cairo, a day after warning in Moscow that Damascus faced a choice between "hell or the political process." He said he had crafted a ceasefire plan "that could be adopted by the international community."

"I have discussed this plan with Russia and Syria... I think this proposal could be adopted by the international community," the UN and Arab League envoy said, without giving details. "There is a proposal for a political solution based on the Geneva declaration foreseeing a ceasefire, forming a government with complete prerogatives and a plan for parliamentary and presidential elections," he said, referring to a peace initiative that world powers agreed to in Geneva in June.

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