Assad: No Peace Until Foreigners Stop Arming Rebels

'The Syrian people alone are entitled to draw the future of Syria'

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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that no political resolution to the country’s bloody civil war can be reached unless foreign powers stop supporting the opposition seeking to oust him.

“The Syrian people alone are entitled to draw the future of Syria. Any solution must be approved by them and reflect their wishes away from any foreign intervention,” state television quoted Assad as saying to United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. “This is paramount to prepare the circumstances for dialogue and put clear mechanisms that achieve this goal.”

Assad met with Brahimi in Damascus — the first direct contact between the two men in almost a year — as a part of a diplomatic push ahead of peace talks in Geneva next month. Neither Assad’s government nor opposition leaders have yet committed to attend the peace conference, which aims to end the civil war that has taken more than 100,000 lives over almost three years.

[AP]

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daridekas
daridekas

The military threat is the only pressure that Assads regime can understand and can make him negotiate in order to find a peaceful solution in the region.

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GaryDMN
GaryDMN

Assad may be a bad guy, but the Rebels the USA is funding appear to be much worse. The USA needs to break ties with the Muslim Brotherhood completely. Arab Spring uprisings that Obama and Hillary Clinton/Kerry have been arming and praising is evolving into a real mess.