(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Any plan to end the long conflict in Syria is worth considering at this point, no matter how far-fetched it might seem.
Opposition activist Moaz al-Khatib, who once led the Syrian National Coalition, is proposing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be allowed to step down without fear of repercussions.
In a Facebook posting, al-Khatib outlined his plan, which would give the embattled Syrian leader three weeks from now to accept “a peaceful transition of authority.”
When that happens, al-Assad would have a month to hand over the reins of power to either Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi or Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa.
Their rule would only be temporary, under al-Khatib’s proposal, as Syria would switch from a transitional to permanent government within 100 days.
While al-Khatib’s allies and the West would likely go along with the plan, the major stumbling block is al-Assad himself who has said he would fight to the death rather than give in to his enemies.
Nevertheless, al-Khatib contends his idea is “a practical response to the need of a political settlement ensuring a peaceful transition of authority.”
What’s more, he said the Syrian president could leave the country with 500 people of his choice to whatever nation will accept them.
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Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman and Michael Pearson, CNN