Syria: Opposition puts pressure on Assad to start peace talks
Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib started to put pressure on President Assad to step down and save Syria from greater loss and devastation. As the international community has no solution for the crisis, it must de resolved internally. The opposition leader said he is prepared to start negotiations with Assad’s representatives for a peaceful step-down. “The regime must take a clear stand [on dialogue] and we say we will extend our hand for the interest of people and to help the regime leave peacefully,” he said. “The ball is now in the regime’s court. They will either say yes or no.”, declared Moaz Alkhatib for Al-Jazeera.
Last month, President Assad declared that he is ready to start peace-talks, but not with the Syrian National Coalition, which wants to overthrow him.
Syria’s defense minister declared that the governmental army has real chances to beat the rebels, because they are well organized and trained. Also, he gave hints that Syria will not respond to the Israeli airstrike from last week. Not so benevolent concerning this attack is Iran, as a top Iranian official declared that Israel will regret its actions against Syria. He did not give details concerning retaliation.