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Iranian lawmaker says UN chief's comment on Assad's peace proposal "unconstructive"


11:28, January 14, 2013

TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian lawmaker said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent comment on a peace plan by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is "unconstructive," Press TV reported on Sunday.

Javad Jahangirzadeh, a member of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that Ban Ki- moon should have expressed more precise views about Assad's plan.

Jahangirzadeh also said that anti-Syria Western governments have a biased view on the developments in the country that will not contribute to the establishment of a political system based on the demands of the Syrians.

The West did not favor the restoration of security and stability in Syria, he was quoted as saying.

Last 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 the following day, 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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