Barack Obama mulls Yemen-style solution to Syrian crisis

Other News Materials 27 May 2012 19:28 (UTC +04:00)

US President Barack Obama raised the prospect of a Yemen-style handover of power in Syria at the recent G8 summit, the New York Times has reported.

According to unnamed officials, Obama posited the idea to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of a handover of power from the crisis-hit regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The idea was modelled on Yemen, where President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after delays under a deal partly brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council, DPA reported.

The paper reported that Obama's national security advisor, Thomas E Donilon, also raised such a plan with Vladimir Putin in Moscow three weeks ago, and that Obama will raise it with Putin at their meeting next month - the first since Putin was re-elected to the presidency.

Russia - one of Damascus' few remaining allies - has repeatedly vetoed anti-Syria measures at the United Nations Security Council.