Syria's Assad says giving up power not up for discussion

By REUTERS
January 19, 2014 12:21






MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar Assad said in Damascus on Sunday he has no intention of giving up power and the issue is not up for discussion, Russian agency Interfax reported.

"If we wanted to give up, we would have done so at the very beginning. We are on guard for our country. This issue is not up for discussion," he was reported as telling visiting Russian parliamentarians days ahead of an internationally sponsored peace conference on Syria.


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