Assad: ME peace unavoidable, but not pinning hope on Bush administration

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that Middle East peace is unavoidable but that he doesn't believe it will be achieved until a new US administration is elected. In an interview with France-2 television, Assad said "we have no other choice than peace." But he said that he doubts it will be realizable in coming months. The administration of US President George W. Bush, according to the Syrian leader, "has no vision for peace" and lacks the will to push forward the process. Assad said he has "much more hope" that peace in the region will be achievable after the United States elects a new government in November.