Assad outlines 3-phase reconciliation plan for Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday outlined a three-phase plan to resolve the 21-month conflict in his country in which, according to the UN, more than 60,000 people have died.

Phase I would also entail making contact with the full spectrum of Syrian society, political parties and administrative bodies. These would include "all forces inside and outside the country who are interested in a solution," he said.

In Phase II, the current government would chair a "comprehensive national dialogue conference" with these groups with the goal of drafting a national charter.

This document would uphold Syria's sovereignty and unity, reject terrorism and "pave the way for the political future of Syria," said Assad.

The charter would be put to a national referendum for approval.

Parliamentary elections would then be held within the framework of the constitution to form a new government that would represent all segments of Syrian society.

Assad did not, however, mention new presidential elections. The opposition views his departure as a given before any negotiation.

In Phase III, a new government would be formed in accordance with constitutional law.

Thereafter, "a national reconciliation conference will be held and a general amnesty will be issued for all detainees will be pardoned in accordance with their civil rights," Assad said.

Reconstruction and rehabilitation would begin on all damaged infrastructure and compensation would be awarded to those citizens affected by the conflict.

This document would uphold Syria's sovereignty and unity.