Today, Russia and the U.S called for peace talks on the Syrian civil war, a move that was welcomed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League peace envoy. However, Syria’s opposition coalition has responded by insisting that any political solution to the conflict begin with Assad stepping down from power, something he doesn’t appear to have any interest in doing.
From Voice of America:
Syria's opposition coalition has responded to a U.S. and Russian call for peace talks to end the Syrian civil war by saying any political solution must begin with President Bashar al-Assad leaving power.
Speaking to VOA by phone from Istanbul, Syrian National Coalition spokesman Khalid Saleh reiterated the group's longtime demand for a peace process to start with the departure of Assad and the pillars of his government.
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