DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his govt is ready to negotiate on “the whole thing” in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan however it was now not but clear who would characterize the opposition and no date had been set.
Assad additionally stated a ceasefire brokered with the aid of Turkey and Russia, his most powerful ally, was once being violated and the military would recapture all of Syria including a rebellion-held house near Damascus the place a vital water supply had been bombed out of carrier.
He made the remarks in comments to French media that were printed with the aid of the Syrian state information company SANA.
Russia mentioned remaining month it had agreed with Assad, Iran and Turkey that the Kazakh capital of Astana must be the venue for brand spanking new peace talks after rebels suffered their biggest defeat of the battle through being driven from eastern Aleppo.
Russia and Turkey, an important sponsor of the anti-Assad opposition, have additionally brokered a truce as a step in opposition to reviving diplomacy, though the warring aspects have accused each and every other of many violations.
Assad stated the government delegation was once ready to go to Astana “when the time of the conference is set”.
“we’re prepared to negotiate about the whole lot,” he said. requested if that included his place as president, Assad mentioned “yes however my position is linked to the constitution”.
“if they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution,” he mentioned. He indicated that any new constitution have to be put to a referendum, and it was once up to the Syrian folks to go with the president.
Assad stated: “Who will be there from the other aspect? we don’t but be aware of. Will or not it’s an actual Syrian opposition?”.
dismissing groups he stated have been backed by Saudi Arabia, France and Britain, Assad said dialogue of “Syrian concerns” must be through Syrian groups. the main Syrian opposition umbrella group, the high Negotiations Committee, is backed by means of Riyadh.
rise up groups working below the “Free Syrian army” banner past this month stated they had frozen any talks about their possible participation within the Astana talks due to violations of the ceasefire, chiefly in Wadi Barada near Damascus.