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Syrian FM defends Assad's political initiative as "integral "


10:39, January 20, 2013

DAMASCUS, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The political vision initiated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "integral" and it is the political solution to the Syrian crisis "in every sense of the word," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in an interview with the state TV aired Saturday evening.

Starting by praying for the peace of the country's victims, al- Moallem said the political solution outlined by Assad recently had addressed all spectra of the Syrian society, including the internal and exiled opposition, adding that his country has no illusions that the violence would stop, but he left the door open for hope that it would stop if the countries that support the " terrorists" in Syria could curb their actions.

He named Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey as the patrons of the armed opposition on ground, saying that his country would be open for a new UN observation mission had the violence by the armed militias and the support by regional countries stopped first.

In his first address to the nation since June 2012, Assad proposed in early January a three-point vision for a political solution to end the Syrian crisis. The new initiative includes a ceasefire, followed by a comprehensive national dialogue, and the establishment of a broad-based government and parliament.

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