Syrian minister says talk of Assad’s removal unacceptable

Sunday, January 20, 2013
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Damascus: Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem has said that any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad's future would be "unacceptable”.

The Syrian foreign minister statement came close on the heels of United Nations and Arab League Lakhdar Brahimi statement that the president should not be part of a transitional government.

In his televised speech on the state television, Moallem also appealed the country's rebels to lay down their weapons and take part in a dialogue conference.

He said that everyone who participates will be included in a new cabinet with wide executive powers.
The opposition says that Assad can play no role in a resolution to the conflict.

European countries along with America have been deadlocked in their efforts to promote a transitional government ending 22-months long bloodshed in Syria. The atrocity and the clashes between the government and the rebel forces has been turned into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people. 

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