Core Syrian opposition group proposes transitional government

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Meanwhile, International peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi dismissed a speech by al-Assad, saying the Syrian president’s proposal to end the crisis was no better than previous failed initiatives.

“I’m afraid what has come out is very much a repeat of previous initiatives that obviously did not work ... it’s not really different and perhaps is even more sectarian and one-sided,” he told the BBC.

“The time of reforms granted magnanimously from above has passed. People want to have a say in how they are governed and they want to take hold of their own future.”

Moscow and Washington’s point men on Syria will meet Brahimi in Geneva on Friday for fresh talks, Russia’s Middle East negotiator said on Wednesday.

Often referred to as “The Three Bs,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns and UN-Arab League envoy Brahimi have taken an increasingly central role in the search for an end to the 22-month-old conflict.

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