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Opposition: Assad «peace plan» more like declaration of war

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad calls his Sunday speech a peace initiative, his foes say it is more like a renewed declaration of war.

Assad offered no concessions and even appeared to harden many of his positions. He rallied Syrians for “a war to defend the nation” and disparaged the prospect of negotiations, reports Reuters.

Even though president claimed he was ready for a dialogue, his words did not confirm that.

“We do not reject political dialogue … but with whom should we hold a dialogue? With extremists who don’t believe in any language but killing and terrorism? Should we speak to gangs recruited abroad that follow the orders of foreigners? Should we have official dialogue with a puppet made by the West, which has scripted its lines?”

George Sabra, vice president of the opposition National Coalition, told Reuters the speech did “not even deserve to be called an initiative”.

“We should see it rather as a declaration that he will continue his war against the Syrian people. The appropriate response is to continue to resist this unacceptable regime and for the Free Syrian Army to continue its work in liberating Syria until every inch of land is free,” he said.

It should be added that the United States, European Union, Turkey and most Arab states have repeatedly called on Assad to step down.

According to the U.S. State Department, Assad’s speech “is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people’s goal of a political transition”.

“His initiative is detached from reality, undermines the efforts of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people.”

The United Nations says 60,000 people have been killed in the civil war that has lasted for nearly two years.

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