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News Analysis: Syrian opposition's sudden desire for talks mirrors change in superpowers' stance (2)


08:56, February 06, 2013

Bassam Abuabdalla, an international law professor at the Damascus' University said that "When the U.S. stance has changed, we saw a change in the rhetoric of the opposition."

He told Xinhua on Tuesday that al-Khatib's remarks were made as preparations for the upcoming Russian-U.S. summit that will discuss principles of the solution of the Syrian crisis in accordance with the Geneva Statement, which Syria has previously agreed on.

Analyzing the change in the U.S. stance, Abuabdalla contended that Washington has come to a conclusion that there is no prospect for the current opposition with the armed groups on ground overwhelmed by foreign jihadists and radicals, saying "there is an understanding between the United States and Russia, and the Obama administration cannot take more risk with the growing presence of armed radicals."

"The United States has realized that it's impossible to bring down the regime in Syria in that way (armed rebellion)," he said.

Meanwhile, Hamdi al-Abdullah, a political researcher, agreed with Abuabdalla and said the change in the U.S. stance and the opposition was due to the "desperation over the possibility of ending the conflict in Syria by toppling the regime via the armed rebellion."

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