Reports: West may offer Syria's Bashar Assad immunity if he gives up powerJune 21, 2012
The U.S. and U.K. are considering letting Syria’s President Bashar Assad have immunity from prosecution if he agrees to relinquish power, according to reports.
The Guardian newspaper reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was aiming to convince former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to host a peace conference to discuss the idea further.
The paper said Yemen President Ali Saleh’s departure from power – in which he was given immunity from prosecution despite the killing of civilians – was seen as a potential model.
The Telegraph newspaper said Assad would be given safe passage to Switzerland to take part in the peace talks under the plan.