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Date of peace conference Geneva-2 not agreed upon yet - Assad

October 21, 2013, 23:48 UTC+3

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the TV channel Al-Mayadin here on Monday

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DAMASCUS, October 21 (Itar-Tass) - A date of a peace conference Geneva-2 on Syria is not agreed upon and conditions for peace talks over the resolution of the Syrian crisis are not provided yet, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the TV channel Al-Mayadin here on Monday. 

“We are still not convinced that this conference will be successful,” he said. “If this conference succeeds to stop the funding and arming of the militants, I do not see any big problem in resolving the Syrian crisis. This crisis is not so deep as it seems to be from outside,” the Syrian leader noted.

“The Syrians, but not the foreigners should settle domestic Syrian problems. We want to know which countries will participate in this conference and what rights they have to decide on the fate of the Syrian people. Lakhdar Brahimi asked me about my running in the presidential election in 2014, I replied to his question that this is a home affair of Syria,” al-Assad said. “The League of Arab States turned in an organization, which pursues the Western policy,” the Syrian leader noted.

“The U.S. administration and several European and Arab states are laying in Syria the foundations for support of terrorism” and such countries as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey serve the interests of the United States, al-Assad added.

Last Saturday, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Nabil al-Arabi said after the meeting with U.N. and LAS Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Cairo that the peace conference Geneva-2 will be held on November 23-24, according to preliminary agreements. However, Brahimi and later the U.N. officials stated that the date for the international conference is not set yet.

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