World Bulletin / News Desk
A new peace plan for Syria, involving the creation of a senate to oversee a power transition, is currently making the rounds in the United Nations, Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.
The daily reported that it had obtained a copy of the plan aimed at ending Syria's 23-month conflict, saying that it had been drafted "under U.N. supervision".
Members of the Syria-based opposition that is tolerated by the regime of President Bashar Assad took part in the drafting of the plan, the paper added.
The draft does not elaborate on Assad's fate, though the West and opposition groups calling for his fall have said any talks should lead to his departure.
The plan foresees the creation of a 140-member senate body tasked with leading the dialogue process between the regime and the opposition during a transitional phase, said Asharq al-Awsat.
"This senate will be the core of (Syria's) Second Republic," said the London-based newspaper.
While 102 senate members would be elected "under the U.N.'s strict supervision, the remaining 38 would be appointed by the regime, the opposition and religious institutions.
The plan also says Faruq al-Sharaa, Syria's vice president, should head the senate.
Within a month of the enactment of this plan "there would be an immediate ceasefire and (loyalist) troops would start withdrawing from the cities", said the daily.
After the establishment of a proposed senate, a committee would be set up to prepare for elections under U.N. supervision, Asharq al-Awsat added.
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