Syria: Assad can contribute to transition, Brahimi says

Chemical arms accord changed him 'from pariah to partner'

28 October, 19:40

    UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Iraq UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Iraq

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - UN and Arab League Syria negotiator Lakhdar Brahimi told Jeune Afrique website in an interview on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should not be written off just yet.

    ''President Assad can make a contribution to the transition from the Syria that came before, the one he and his father built, to the one I call the new Republic of Syria'', Brahimi said the day he arrived in Damascus for talks with the regime ahead of the Geneva 2 international peace conference on November 23-24. Syria's agreeing to turn its chemical weapons over under a deal with Russia and the US has changed Assad ''from a pariah to a partner'', Brahimi pointed out. ''What I tell all Syrians is that you can't go back after a crisis such as this one'', the international envoy went on. ''Bashar has not yet been unseated, and there is no reason to think he will be''. Although Assad has not commented on this, ''many of those around him take it for granted'' that he will run for president in 2014. Right now, though ''he is focusing on finishing his current mandate'', Brahimi said. (ANSAmed).

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