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Saudi says negotiated Syria settlement 'inconceivable'
Published Tuesday 22/01/2013 (updated) 25/01/2013 09:16
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A woman and children stand on a balcony as they watch people
protesting against Syria's President Bashar Assad's regime in Aleppo's
Bustan al-Qasr district Jan. 18. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)
RIYADH (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday the scale of violence used by Syria's government when fighting rebels meant a negotiated settlement of the country's crisis was unthinkable.

"Damascus... which has been a city for the longest period of time, is carpet bombed. How can you conceive of the possibility of a negotiated settlement with somebody who does that to his own country, to his own history, to his own people? It is inconceivable to us," Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference.

He was speaking after an Arab summit focusing on economic development, which was not attended by Syria.

Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, has led Arab efforts to isolate the government of President Bashar Assad, which is allied to Saudi Arabia's main regional rival - Shiite Muslim Iran.

More than 60,000 Syrians have been killed and another 650,000 have become refugees abroad during the rebellion, which began in March 2011, the United Nations has said.

Last year Prince Saud said the rebels should be armed. However, Syria's opposition has failed to form a unified transitional government to run areas it holds, underscoring international concerns the conflict may allow radical Islamist groups to gain ground.
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1 ) أمون-را حورعكطي / Egypt
23/01/2013 18:44
That's right!! It is absolutely ridiculous to even think of such!! And the Assad regime's & supporters' promotion of such an idea only proves how truly demented & backward they really are- and goes to show that there can never be any solution with those animals besides the total defeat of the Assad regime forces.

2 ) Mel / USA
24/01/2013 16:31
What Absolutist,Wahhabi hypocritical B*LLSH*T! AS USUAL!And coming from Saudi &Qatari USG/Zionist-proxy'petro-royals'who've been FUNDING/ARMING al-Qaida,Salafist,Afghan-Arab,Libyan-coup thugs&mercenaries,to INSTIGATE such brutality on pluralistic Syria,which was & IS,so beautiful &tolerant,in comparison with despotic,sectarian,OIL-ROYALS! That's so hypocritical of Riyadh,which ignored the Zionist MOONSCAPING of SUNNI Palestine(&Jerusalem)for 67yrs! Shia-phobic hypocrits!Jeeez!
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