UN envoy worried after talks with Assad

2012-12-24 22:08
Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

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Beirut - The international envoy to Syria said after talks with the country's leader on Monday that the situation was "worrying" and gave no indication of progress toward a negotiated solution for the civil war.

Lakhdar Brahimi's mission came as activists reported intense fighting in the central province of Hama, where anti-government gunmen entered the predominantly Alawite town of Maan. Assad's regime is dominated by members of his minority Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shi'ite Islam, while most of the rebels are Sunni Muslims.

Brahimi said he and President Bashar Assad exchanged views on the crisis and discussed possible steps forward, which he did not disclose. He spoke briefly to reporters after meeting the Syrian leader at the presidential palace in Damascus.

"The situation in Syria is still worrying and we hope that all the parties will go toward the solution that the Syrian people are hoping for and look forward to," Brahimi said.

Syria's state news agency quoted Assad as saying his government supports "any effort in the interest of the Syrian people which preserves the homeland's sovereignty and independence."

Brahimi has apparently made little progress toward brokering an end to the conflict since starting his job in September, primarily because both sides adamantly refuse to talk to each other.

The government describes the rebels as foreign-backed terrorists set on destroying the country. The opposition says that forces under Assad's command have killed too many people for him to be part of any solution.

Activists say more than 40 000 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011.

Brahimi's two-day visit was to end later 0n Monday. It is his third to Damascus as an envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League.

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