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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:42 AM

Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Syria is ready to hold talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

But Moualem said Syria would continue its fight "against terrorism", a reference to its conflict with anti-Assad rebels in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed.

"We are ready for dialogue with everyone who wants it ... Even with those who have weapons in their hands. Because we believe that reforms will not come through bloodshed but only through dialogue," Russia's Itar-Tass news agency quoted Moualem as saying.

He was speaking in Moscow, a staunch ally of Assad, where he was meeting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/uk-syria-crisis-dialogue-idUKBRE91O0B520130225

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:38 AM

1. Interesting the timing

As it coincides with the opposition's decision to not meet the "friends of Syria" at the conferences or travel to Russia and the US.

Timed to make the opposition look as bad as possible. I understand the rebels reasoning not to meet with their supporters but it probably is a mistake.

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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:44 PM

2. That will not go over well with the folks behind the uprising. remember, Saddam was ready to talk

but the PNACers controlling our government wouldn't allow it. Bush refused and you know the rest of the story.

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