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On Syria, Sources tell ICP Plan is Referendum If Ceasefire by Opposition

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 -- After envoy Kofi Annan said Bashar al Assad has a proposal to limit violence in Syria, questions have been asked from New York to Tehran as to what that proposal is.

  Tuesday morning non-Western Security Council sources exclusive told Inner City Press it's their understand it involves a "should he stay or should he go" referendum on Assad, to be held if the armed opposition agreed to and implements a ceasefire.

  "Before it was the opposition saying there had to be a ceasefire first," one of the sources told Inner City Press. "Now it is Assad, saying that if they stop fighting, he'd hold a referendum... It's like Obama."

  But what to make of Annan's answer in Tehran, that Assad "made a suggestion of building an approach from the ground up in some of the districts where we have extreme violence – to try and contain the violence in those districts and, step by step, build up and end the violence across the country"?

  Would this mean that these districts of extreme violence wouldn't see referendum polling? Or could only vote if they stopped violence? Watch this site.

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