Syria: Assad suggests 'Peace Talks' would fail

obama-erdogan.13.jpgObama_Netanyahu.88.jpgAssad Suggests Peace Talks Would Fail Because West Wants to Prolong War

May 18, 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, in a rare interview with a foreign newspaper, appeared to dismiss the possibility of serious progress arising from any peace talks, and to back away from earlier statements by Syrian officials that the government was willing to negotiate with its armed opponents.“We do not believe that many Western countries really want a solution in Syria,” Mr. Assad told Argentina’s Clarín newspaper in an interview published online on Saturday, blaming those countries for supporting “terrorists” fighting his government.

“We support and applaud the efforts, but we must be realistic,” he said.

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