Exclusive: Russia to propose Syrians launch 18-month reform process - document

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 10, 2015 12:53 PM

(Reuters) - Russia wants the Syrian government and opposition to agree on launching a constitutional reform process taking up to 18 months, which will be followed by early presidential elections, a draft document obtained by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

Moscow has drawn up the eight-point proposal before a second round of multi-lateral talks on Syria in Vienna later this week. The proposal says that the Syrian sides should agree on the steps at a future conference organized by the United Nations.

The constitutional reform process will not be chaired by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the document said, but did not rule out his participation in future elections.

(editing by David Stamp)