A handout image obtained from the official facebook page of Syrian Presidency shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking to the press in Damascus on November 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO
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A Syrian legislator praised parts of an international plan for ending Syria's conflict on Sunday, saying elements of it are similar to those of President Bashar Assad's government even as an opposition figure said all regional and world powers appear to be convinced that Assad must go.Within six months, the negotiations between the Syrian sides are to establish "credible, inclusive and non-sectarian" transitional government that would set a schedule for drafting a new constitution and holding a free and fair U.N.-supervised election within 18 months, according to a joint statement released by the United Nations on behalf of the 19 parties to the talks.Washington wants Assad removed, but Kerry suggested Syrians themselves would decide the fate of the Syrian president through the democratic process.The process to end Syria's crisis is going to be long and violence might intensify "as a form of political pressure," Sieda warned.Neither the Syrian government nor opposition groups were present at the talks, which brought together the main foreign backers of both sides.
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