UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi never said that Syrian President Bashar al- Assad should stay in power until 2014, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Friday.
The spokesman, in a note emailed to the press here, said that " Mr. Brahimi never mentioned that President Assad should stay in power until 2014."
Earlier media reports had said that Brahimi carried with him to Syria a proposal to form a transitional government with broad executive powers. The proposal suggests that Assad keep power till the end of his presidential term in 2014 without having the right to run once again for the next presidential elections, said the reports.
Nesirky made it clear on Brahimi's behalf that the joint special envoy "has consistently been saying that the transition should start as soon as possible, that a government should be established as soon as possible, and that he hopes that the crisis can be solved in 2013 because it cannot wait until 2014."
Brahimi said at a press conference in Damascus on Thursday that "We need to form a government with all powers which will assume power during a period of transition."
He reiterated that "this transitional period must not lead to the collapsing of the state's institutions."
The peace mediator called for the joint international efforts to bring an end to the crisis in Syria by saying that "violence must stop and for the violence to stop there should be strong monitoring that could be provided by peacekeeping process."
Aiming at ending the Syrian crisis, Brahimi arrived in the war- torn country on Sunday for a week-long visit. He met with Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad and opposition figures.
Brahimi is traveling to Moscow to meet on Saturday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Nesirky said.