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Syria`s Assad says he won`t step down

Last Updated: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:48

Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Assad says he won`t step down before elections are held in his war-ravaged country.

The Syrian leader`s comments, published on Saturday in the Argentine newspaper Clarin, highlight the difficulties the US and Russia face in getting the Assad regime and Syria`s political opposition to the table at an international conference envisioned for June.
The country`s main opposition group has demanded that these talks lead to Assad`s departure.

However, Assad says such a dialogue shouldn`t "decide a matter that has not been decided by the people."
Assad likened himself to a ship captain in turbulent seas, saying: "I am not someone who flees from my responsibilities."


First Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:48
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