UN envoy says Syria president discusses transition

July 12, 2012 • World News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, foreground center back to camera, meets with a delegation headed by a leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC), Abdulbaset Sieda, second right facing, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has discussed the possibility of forming a transitional government for his country as proposed by an international conference in Geneva last month, envoy Kofi Annan said Wednesday.

Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, said that during his discussions with Assad in Damascus this week the Syrian leader proposed someone who could serve as an interlocutor for the regime as it explores ways of forming a transitional government with the opposition.

Activists estimate that 17,000 people have been killed in the Assad regime’s crackdown on a popular uprising that began in March 2011. As the conflict has dragged on, the increasingly Login to read more

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