Al-Assad: proposed Syria truce unworkable

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that an internationally backed proposal to bring about a truce this week is unworkable.

"Now they say they want a ceasefire within a week, fine, but who is able to draw together all these conditions and requirements within a week? Nobody," al-Assad says in a speech to Syrian lawyers in Damascus.

The Syrian leader adds that a ceasefire could only be acceptable to allow armed groups to "return to political activity ... or at least lay down their arms. It cannot be a ceasefire without any purpose or timeframe."

Calls for a ceasefire have arisen due to his army's advances, al-Assad says: "When does the West speak about a ceasefire? I think the answer is clear, when the gunmen feel pain and when [their defeats] start."

Last update: Mon, 15/02/2016 - 22:58
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