U.S., Britain offer escape route for Assad?

Published June 21st, 2012 - 10:58 GMT

Britain and the United States would be willing to offer clemency to Bashar al-Assad if he agrees to enter into discussions on a political transition in Syria, reported Thursday a British daily. David Cameron and Barack Obama have received support from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit, The Guardian reported.

According to a British official, quoted by the newspaper, Assad could be allowed to participate in a conference that would take place in Geneva under the aegis of the UN.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross is preparing to evacuate wounded and trapped civilians in Homs. This operation will take place after ten days of intense fighting between insurgents and the Syrian army forces.

At least 15,026 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Syria since mid-March 2011 when the revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad started, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR).

At least 10,480 civilians, 3,716 soldiers and 830 deserters were killed in the fighting and repression. "If the international community continues to be silent and just observe the situation, more blood will flow in Syria," Rami Abdel Rahman said the president of SOHR, said. "Violence has increased in the past two months and it will get worse," he added.

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