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Assad Speech Reportedly to Propose Settlement Initiative for Syria

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad reportedly will soon, in coming days, offer a new proposal to resolve the crisis in Syria, writes Jean Aziz.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus December 24, 2012 in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Brahimi met with Assad in Damascus on Monday to discuss a solution to the country's 21-month-old conflict. Brahimi told journalists after the meeting that he discussed the situation in Syria overall and gave his views on how to solve the crisis. He said conditions in the country were still poor. REUTERS/Sana (S
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According to sources, it is expected that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- in the next few days -- will deliver a speech that includes a new proposal to resolve the crisis in Syria. The same sources revealed that the initiative includes a type of roadmap to a solution, according to the following steps:

First, an agreement on a comprehensive and mutual ceasefire, with a mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire handled by international observers. 

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