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Syrian Government Calls for Ceasefire

In an interview with the Guardian, deputy prime minister of Syria Qadri Jamil said that the civil war in Syria has reached a stalemate and President Bashar Assad’s government will soon call for a ceasefire.

“Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side,” Jamil said. “This zero balance of forces will not change for a while.” The civil war, which has lasted two years, caused the death of over 100,000 people, forced more than 2 million people to flee the country, and effectively destroyed the Syrian economy.

Jamil said that a ceasefire would have to be kept “under international observation” provided for by U.N. peace-keepers from nationals neutral or friendly to Syria. Previously, the Syrian opposition has refused to join the U.S. and Russia in negotiations in Geneva until Assad resigns.

When asked what type of proposals Syria would make at a Geneva conference, Jamil said “an end to external intervention, a ceasefire, and the launching of a peaceful political process in a way that the Syrian people can enjoy self-determination without outside intervention and in a democratic way.”

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