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BY CANDICE AVILES


Syria’s foreign minister Walid Al-Moallem is asking the country’s rebels to disarm and take part in a national dialogue. He delivered a statement on state television Saturday.

“...he said they could join a new cabinet just as long as they reject foreign intervention. He said any discussion of President Assad’s removal is unacceptable — that, of course, one of the key opposition demands.”

In his interview, Al-Moallem went on to accuse Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of backing the rebels in Syria.

The foreign minister’s request for a transitional government comes amid a 23-month civil war that continues to get more violent. It also follows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech earlier this month claiming he isn’t going anywhere.

“Assad standing firm saying he will not step down and that all enemies of Syria can go to hell.”

In President Assad’s speech, he also mentioned a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution. However, the opposition is reportedly not interested in working with Assad for a conflict resolution.

Reports of fighting continues with at least two battles reported on Saturday.  The death toll in Syria’s civil war is upwards of 60,000 since it began in March of 2011.

 

 

Syria’s Foreign Minister Calls for National Dialogue

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Jan 20, 2013

Syria’s Foreign Minister Calls for National Dialogue

 

(Image Source: BBC)

BY CANDICE AVILES


Syria’s foreign minister Walid Al-Moallem is asking the country’s rebels to disarm and take part in a national dialogue. He delivered a statement on state television Saturday.

“...he said they could join a new cabinet just as long as they reject foreign intervention. He said any discussion of President Assad’s removal is unacceptable — that, of course, one of the key opposition demands.”

In his interview, Al-Moallem went on to accuse Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of backing the rebels in Syria.

The foreign minister’s request for a transitional government comes amid a 23-month civil war that continues to get more violent. It also follows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech earlier this month claiming he isn’t going anywhere.

“Assad standing firm saying he will not step down and that all enemies of Syria can go to hell.”

In President Assad’s speech, he also mentioned a national reconciliation conference, elections and a new constitution. However, the opposition is reportedly not interested in working with Assad for a conflict resolution.

Reports of fighting continues with at least two battles reported on Saturday.  The death toll in Syria’s civil war is upwards of 60,000 since it began in March of 2011.

 

 

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