Bashar Assad ´Ready to Leave´? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 07/20/12)
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Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is ready to give up power but only
in a "civilized manner", Russia´s ambassador to Paris, Alexander
Orlov, told Radio France International (RFI) in an interview Friday,
according to AFP.
Orlov said that Assad had accepted a transition plan agreed upon by
world powers in Geneva, and had named a representative for talks with
the opposition. "That is to say, he is accepting to go -- but to go
in a civilized manner," he said.
When asked if Assad´s departure was only a matter of time, Orlov
said: "Personally I share your opinion. I believe it will be
difficult for him to stay after everything that has happened."
By vetoing UN resolutions on Syria, Orlov opined, Russia was not
defending Assad´s regime but standing behind "principles of non-
interference in internal affairs."
"We do not have any particular links with the Assad regime, with the
Syrian president," he said. "But for us this is a case of principles
that goes far beyond what is happening in Syria."
Russia had done all it could to convince Assad to conduct talks, he
added, but the West had not done the same with the opposition to
Assad. "Unfortunately our Western partners... did not work
sufficiently hard with the Syrian opposition to encourage them to
come to the negotiating table," he said.
AFP said that Syria´s Information Ministry gave a "quick response" to
the interview. Orlov´s comments regarding Assad´s willingness to
leave power were "completely devoid of truth," it said, in a ministry
statement that was flashed on state television. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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