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Syria peace plan wins unanimous United Nations backing

The UN Security Council has endorsed an global plan for a political peace process in Syria, calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office to facilitate peace talks starting in January.

Ahmet Davutoglu’s comments come a day after the UN Security Council agreed on a draft text for a peace process to end the conflict.

The resolution approved on Friday gives a United Nations blessing to a plan negotiated previously in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections.

It supports free and fair elections in accordance with the new constitution within 18 months under the supervision of the United Nations that responds to the requirements of governance and the highest global standards in terms of transparency and accountability.

Still, even though Assad had “lost the ability to unite the country”, continuously demanding he leave power was doing nothing but “prolonging the war”, Kerry added.

“We know that Daesh can never be allowed to gain control in Syria so we have a global imperative here to deal with a terrorist entity but also to end the civil war”, he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Coinciding with this, the supreme negotiating body for Syrian opposition forces concluded its meetings in Riyadh yesterday by determining conditions which include releasing detainees and lifting sieges on cities before any negotiations with the regime.

It also calls for a ceasefire to begin as soon as those representatives begin “initial steps towards a political transition”.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said Assad’s government was prepared to take part in the talks in good faith.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said he presented lists submitted from each country of groups they consider terrorist organizations.

Mr Hammond, who is representing Britain in NY, said that progress could depend on Russian Federation assessing that the protection of Assad is not a “strategic objective”.

He said Kerry’s efforts in NY offered “an opportunity, not to turn back the clock- it’s going to be hard to completely overcome the devastation that’s happened in Syria already- but to find a political transition that maintains the Syrian state, that recognises a bunch of stakeholders inside of Syria and hopefully to initiate a ceasefire”.

“The meeting between Putin and the Supreme Leader Khamenei was very successful and now Iran and Russian Federation share the same view on Assad”, the official said.

He says that his administration is an example of tolerance that contrasts with the behaviour of militants, including the Islamic State group that has seized large swathes of the war-torn country.

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