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Britain says post-Assad transition plan could help Syrian peace talks


In London on Wednesday, Syrian opposition leaders unveiled a plan for a political transition created to bring an end to the war.

An airstrike in the rebel-held part of Syria's contested city of Aleppo killed 10 civilians on Wednesday, activists said, an attack that hit in the same neighbourhood where a suspected chlorine gas attack happened the day before.

Kerry's spokesman would not confirm the meeting, however, suggesting that last-minute negotiations were still ongoing.

The unveiling of the document was attended by the foreign ministers of the opposition's main allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. "We want to move from the state of dictatorship, corruption, and a police state that destroyed the Syrian country and has caused a lot of problems for the region and threatens the security of the world", Hijab said during a joint news conference with Johnson.

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) - which is backed by Western powers - unveiled its plan in London, saying any US-Russian agreement would have to be similar.

London - In an attempt to end the crisis in Syria, the country's opposition parties have agreed on a transitional roadmap that would set the basis for an interim government to be formed within a six-month period.

The HNC and its predecessors - weakened by years of conflict, regime advances, the spread of jihadists and what some have branded a disconnect from the grim reality on the ground - have made similar calls since early in the war.

Bashar al-Assad's future: Russian Federation has invested heavily in keeping Syria's president in power, carrying out airstrikes that have helped its long-term ally retake territory from ISIS and other rebels.

"If the cease-fire extends to 7 days and the checkpoints are set up and all forces are withdrawn", the letter said, "then the USA and Russian Federation will work on stopping the regime planes from flying and will work together to weaken al-Qaeda in Syria".

"Above all, the High Negotiations Committee does not represent the victory of one sectarian group over another or the transfer of power from one faction in Syria to another".

The proposal came as the conflict raged relentlessly and on multiple fronts. "They have no pressure to bring against him because there have not been any developments in their [the opposition's] favour", the person said.

"Such allegations are taken very seriously. No", said Riad Hijab, who heads the HNC.

"In areas where there is just opposition or intermingling of opposition with Nusra, Assad will not be able to fly", another senior administration official said.

Johnson says in The Times column that Assad can have no part in a future government in Syria.

"The vision is a response to the hopes and aims of the Syrian people - for emancipation from dictatorship; the establishment of a new social contract for Syria; building a political system that protects freedoms, safeguards individual rights and that is founded upon the principles of liberty, equality, citizenship, and justice", Hijab said.

Political analyst Mark Sleboda added that the U.S. continues to demand regime change in Syria, while the Russian position supports the current government. The talks also involve foreign ministers from Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Italy and France, as well as representatives of Germany and the EU.