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Brahimi: Syria needs 'real change' to end conflict

DAMASCUS - International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called on Thursday for real change in Syria to end 21 months of conflict and said a transitional government must be established with full powers to rule the country until new elections.
Brahimi, speaking in Damascus at the end of a five-day trip to Syria during which he met President Bashar Assad, did not spell out what measures were needed but said that only substantial change would meet the demands of ordinary Syrians."Certainly it was clear in Geneva, and it's even clearer now that the change which is needed is not cosmetic or superficial," Brahimi said, referring to an international meeting on Syria in Switzerland six months ago.
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