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Russia leaves door open for Assad departure

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 01:24

June 9 - Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says Moscow will not object to Bashar al-Assad's departure if Syrian people agree to the move. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Amateur video out of Syria shows no sign of an end to the violence. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will will not object to President Bashar al-Assad's departure if the Syrian people agree to the move SOUNDBITE (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "In Yemen the opposing sides sat down at the table and agreed on everything themselves. There were no preconditions. Preconditions like the immediate mandatory resignation of the President. That came as the result of the agreement. If the Syrians agree to that between each other, we will only be happy to support such a solution. But we believe it is unacceptable for many key reasons to impose the conditions for such a dialogue from outside." Two massacres of civilians in the last two weeks have added urgency to talks among foreign powers on what to do since the ceasefire, which was supposed to take effect in April, has failed to stop the violence. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Russia leaves door open for Assad departure

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 01:24