Iran’s foreign minister stated a closure to Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power is necessary but this needs to be negotiated as part of a broader political solution. The envisaged transition leads to elections in 2014, when Bashar al-Assad’s term ends.
No head of government is eternal, and such is the case with Bashar Al-Assad, in 2014 there are the presidential elections in which we must let events follow their normal course.
This falls within the Kofi Annan plan, with one of its six points clearly stipulating a transition to an open and transparent political solution.
Russia signalled that it will halt any new arms sales to Syria, due to the current situation. Again, indicating its disapproval of the regime’s heightened crackdown. While neither Russian or Iran have significantly altered their stance yet, there is some shift against the regime’s decision to escalate militarily and its attempt to force its own political solution. In other words, the Annan plan remains the cornerstone and the regime continues to hinder its implementation.