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Thursday, 10 January 2013 - 13:03
Brahimi says Assad plan for Syria 'one-sided'
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Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said ahead of US-Russia talks on Syria that President Bashar al-Assad's new plan for his embattled country is "more sectarian, more one-sided" than previous initiatives.

He spoke as the first major prisoner swap in the 21-month conflict took place, with rebels freeing 48 Iranians in exchange for more than 2,000 regime detainees in a drawn-out deal with Damascus reportedly brokered by Turkey, Qatar and Iran.

UN and Arab League envoy Brahimi was giving his first public reaction to a three-step plan announced by Assad on Sunday.

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