Syria 'welcomes' US-Russia proposal

2013-05-09 16:34
A defaced sticker featuring the face of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP, File)

A defaced sticker featuring the face of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP, File)

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Damascus - Syria's foreign ministry welcomed a US-Russian proposal to resolve the country's war, saying it was confident key ally Moscow would not change its stance on the conflict.

"Syria welcomes the US-Russian rapprochement... It is confident that the Russian position, which is based on the principles of the UN Charter and international law, will not change," the ministry said.

A new US-Russian initiative was announced on Tuesday to bring the two sides in Syria's conflict to the table on the basis of an international accord signed last year in Geneva that made no mention of President Bashar Assad's future.

On Wednesday, the opposition welcomed efforts to resolve the crisis, but said Assad's departure was non-negotiable.

Earlier on Thursday, pro-regime daily Syrian Al-Watan quoted an official as welcoming the US-Russian effort.

"We are very optimistic about what's happening, but we are waiting for more details," the unnamed official told the paper.

"All the capitals of the world will sooner or later come around to Russia's position because this position is based on international law and the right of people to decide their fate without foreign intervention."

Read more on:    un  |  bashar assad  |  us  |  russia  |  syria  |  uprisings  |  syria conflict

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