>> We are ready to renegotiate everything.>> Bashar al-Assad promising everything will be on the table at proposed Syria peace talks, including his own presidency. With a caveat though, Assad saying only Syrians can determine his fate at the ballot box, though his opponents want him out under any peace deal.
Speaking to French journalists, the Syrian leader questioned who'd represent the other side.>> Is it going to be real Syrian opposition? When I say real, it means has a grassroot in Syria. Not the Saudi one, or French one or British one. It should be a Syrian opposition to discuss the Syrian issues.
So the viability, or let's say the success, of that conference will depend on that point.>> Assad clearly feeling himself to be in a strong position. Three weeks ago, his army dealt the rebels their biggest blow in nearly six years of war by driving them from Aleppo. Assad defending that bloody drawn out battle by saying it had liberated civilians from what he called terrorists.
No date has yet been set for the peace talks, which Russia, Iran and Turkey proposed last month, but Kazakhstan is the planned venue. A truce brokered by Russia and Turkey is a first step, looking shaky on Monday, as both sides accused the other of violations. Assad vowed his army would recapture all of Syria including the rebel held Wadi Barada area, a water supply to nearby Damascus that has been bombed out of service and is the focus of the latest fighting.
pite the talk about talks, it looks as though the military solution remains on the table.