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Opposition: Assad's speech aimed to foil diplomatic route

AMMAN - Syria's opposition rejected a proposed peace initiative announced in a speech by President Bashar Assad on Sunday, saying it was aimed at wrecking diplomatic efforts to end the civil war.
"Assad simply wanted, with the initiative he proposed, to cut the road to reaching a political solution that may result from the forthcoming American-Russian meeting with (UN mediator Lakhdar) Brahimi, which the opposition would not accept unless he and his regime leave," National Coalition spokesman Walid Bunni told Reuters.
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