UN chief's comment on Assad's peace proposal worsens Syrian crisis: Iranian lawmaker

2013-01-11 21:21:39 GMT2013-01-12 05:21:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian lawmaker said Friday that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's comment on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent peace proposal for ending the Syrian conflict complicates the Arab state's crisis, Press TV reported.

Ban's comments will cause further tension in the Syrian crisis, Iranian lawmaker Hossein Sobhaninia said, adding that the comments would give rebel militants and their supporters the green light to continue warmongering in Syria.

On Sunday, Assad offered a new peace plan to end the crisis in Syria. He suggested a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution, but he also demanded that other countries must first stop helping the rebels.

Media reports said that the UN chief on Monday voiced his " disappointment" with Assad's rejection of peace talks with his enemies.

Ban was "disappointed that the speech by Assad on Jan. 6 does not contribute to a solution that could end the terrible suffering of the Syrian people," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky was quoted as saying.

"The speech rejected the most important element of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, namely a political transition and the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers that would include representatives of all Syrians," Nesirky told reporters.

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