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Syrian militants ride on the back of a truck as they head south of the northern town of Darkush on December 14, 2012.

Syrian militants ride on the back of a truck as they head south of the northern town of Darkush on December 14, 2012.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has released the details of the much-needed six-point plan drawn up in Tehran to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria. The long-awaited plan, unveiled on Sunday, calls for an immediate end to all violent and armed acts under the UN supervision. “In this stage, the [Syrian] government and all armed opposition groups should immediately halt military operations particularly in residential areas, and in order to stabilize the situation and [help to] restore calm, they must cooperate with the UN [special] envoy [on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi] and the committee working under his supervision,” the plan read. The plan has also called for sending humanitarian aid to Syrians following the end of all conflicts, lifting all economic sanctions imposed against the country, and facilitating the return of displaced Syrians to their homes. Iran’s plan urges talks between representatives of all Syrian groups regardless of their political and social tendencies and the Damascus government in order to form a national reconciliation committee. “These talks should pave the way for the establishment of a transitional government…which will hold free and competitive elections to form a new parliament and a new constitutional assembly which will draft a new constitution...and [pave the way for] holding presidential elections.” The plan calls for the release of all Syrians arrested on political charges as well as the trial of anyone who has committed atrocities. The Iran plan also seeks an end to the false reporting of Syria developments as well as the formation of a committee to assess the damages inflicted on the country’s infrastructure, and determine its reconstruction priorities. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of militants are foreign nationals. Damascus says certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the unrest. KA/HGH/SS
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