Syria may call for ceasefire at Geneva conference: Deputy PM

A Syrian deputy prime minister says Damascus may propose a ceasefire at the long-delayed Geneva peace conference, which is expected to be held on the ongoing crisis in Syria.

During the planned talks, Syria will urge “an end to external intervention, a ceasefire and the launching of a peaceful political process in a way that the Syrian people can enjoy self-determination without outside intervention and in a democratic way,” Qadri Jamil told the Guardian on Thursday.

The Syrian official further said that the foreign-sponsored conflict in the country has reached a stalemate, which will “not change for a while.”

According to Jamil, the turmoil has inflicted catastrophic damages on the Syrian economy as the country has lost some USD 100 billion.

On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in the Russian capital, Moscow, to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.

However, the date of the event keeps slipping as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over taking part in the second round of Geneva talks. They have repeatedly refused to take part in the conference unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad steps down.

Meanwhile, Moscow and Washington are also divided on who should attend the event, known as Geneva 2.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the foreign-backed unrest in Syria.

By Press TV


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