Assad Says Participation in Peace Talks Requires Referendum

Might be hard to organize given the current situation


Prospects for peace talks on Syria in Geneva next month have taken a hit after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the conference would need to be voted for by the people.

In an interview with Al-Manar, a television station linked to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Assad also hinted that Russian anti-aircraft missiles have been delivered.

However, these claims have been dismissed by some US and Russian media. Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted its source as saying that delivery of the S-300 air defence missile systems was only planned in the second quarter of 2014.