Assad's speech aimed at foiling diplomatic solution: opposition
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's opposition rejected a proposed peace initiative announced in a speech by President Bashar al-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 (U.N. mediator Lakhdar) Brahimi, which the opposition would not accept unless he and his regime leave," National Coalition spokesman Walid Bunni told Reuters.
(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Peter Graff; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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