Syria says ready to talks with armed opposition

Monday, February 25, 2013
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Damascus: Syrian government on Monday said Damascus is ready for dialogue with the armed opposition, including armed rebels who have been seeking to topple the incumbent regime for almost two years.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Monday in Moscow that Syria is open to dialogue with those who want to take part to end the bloodshed in the country.

Walid’s statements come following his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who in the last week had said that there was no military solution to the Syria crisis and ongoing spar between rebels and government forces will lead to nothing but “mutual destruction”

Russia has also invited the head of Syria's main opposition coalition, Moaz al-Khatib, to visit Moscow for talks.

According to United Nations estimates, some 70,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011.
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