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UN Syria Draft Resolution Removes References to Power Transfer

February 02, 2012

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Arab and European negotiators at the United Nations seeking a draft resolution backing Arab League calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside have removed specific references that spell out a power transfer.

The new draft, obtained by Bloomberg News, “fully supports” the Arab League’s decision to “facilitate a political transition” yet removes language about “formation of a national unity government” and “delegation by the President of Syria of his full authority to his Deputy.”

Those changes may go some way to mollifying Russia, which had said the previous draft was an endorsement of regime change.

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