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Syrian Opposition Criticizes UN Plan

UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan (second from left) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (second from left), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left), and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (right) at the start of a c
Syrian opposition groups have criticized a UN-brokered peace plan for a political transition in Syria.

An official of the umbrella Syrian National Council (SNS), Burhan Ghalioun, described it as a "mockery" the notion that Syrians should negotiate with "their executioner.”

SNC spokeswoman Basma Qadmani was more cautious, however, saying the plan had "a few positive elements."

The meeting was also criticized by pro-government media.

An international conference in Geneva on June 30 accepted UN special envoy Kofi Annan's plan that calls for the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

At Russia's insistence, however, the compromise agreement left the door open to Syria's president being part of the interim administration.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 21 people were killed in fighting across Syria on July 1.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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