Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, today proposed a new initiative to reach a political settlement in Syria, in his first speech to the nation in half a year, while insisting that keep "fighting terrorists", referring to the rebels.
The plan requires Assad revealed that, first, the supply of weapons to international "terrorists", after which the Syrian army stopped its operations and will begin a national dialogue in order to draft a new constitution and elect a new government.
In a speech of nearly an hour, interrupted occasionally by slogans like "Allah, Syria, Bashar and nothing else" and the cheers of the audience, the President urged "regional and international countries to stop supporting and arming terrorists "to facilitate the return of those displaced by the violence.
Then the armed forces stop their operations, while at the same time must find "an enforcement mechanism that point and control the borders", especially with Turkey.
In the next stage, the Government will open a national dialogue with all forces "inside and outside the country" to convene a conference to come out a new constitution, to be put to a referendum, a new government to prepare the next parliamentary elections and a general amnesty.
Assad also mentioned the Geneva agreement, reached last June by representatives of the international community, but criticized its ambiguity about the transition that must take place in the country.
"Transition from what to what? For us, the transitional period is from instability to stability, and should be done through constitutional means," he said.
The president also lashed out against the process of change that is affecting the region, which he described as "soap bubbles that disappear" over time.
Assad said, also, that Syria is mired in "a war fiercer than traditional" and accused the rebels of being opponents, but terrorists inspired by the ideology of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda.
At least 60,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict from March 2011 to November 2012, according to the latest UN figures.