Damascus: It seems the efforts of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to make Syrian government accept the peace plan may slowly yield results as on Tuesday, Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said that it is unlikely Assad can hold on to power for a long time, according to the BBC.
Just about a week ago the Syrian government had accepted a ceasefire and a peace plan drawn up by Kofi Annan even as Syrian troops thrust into Lebanon to battle rebels who had taken shelter there.
“The level of violence on the streets was too high for my nephew to survive,” Rifaat al-Assad told BBC.
On the contrary, Syrian activists are losing hope about being able to oust President Assad as his government continues to ignore international calls for a ceasefire.
According to the BBC, Rifaat al-Assad has lived in exile since he unsuccessfully tried to seize power from his brother, Hafez, in the 1980s.
In February 1982, he led a military assault on Hama to suppress an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving between 10,000 and 25,000 people dead.
Activists, however, say that it would take a ‘miracle’ for Annan’s peace plan to succeed as the Syrian government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protestors is on.
First Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 15:44