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    Syrian Minister: Government Open to Peace Talks

    Free Syrian Army fighters and civilians search for bodies under rubble after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Marja district December 31, 2012.
    Free Syrian Army fighters and civilians search for bodies under rubble after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Marja district December 31, 2012.
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    The embattled Syrian government has welcomed any plans that would lead to peace talks to end the bloodshed in the country.

    Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi was responding Monday to the U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who said Sunday that he has a plan that is acceptable to world powers.

    Brahimi said the plan calls for all sides in Syria to end hostilities, enter into a national dialogue, and form a transitional government leading to new elections.  But the plan says nothing about the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, an omission that appears to have stalled its progress.

    Rebels refuse to negotiate unless Assad steps down and leaves the country. The Syrian president insists on fighting what he calls "foreign-backed terrorists."

    Meanwhile, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that 30 tortured bodies were found in Barzeh district of the capital, Damascus. The bodies were not immediately identified

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    by: Anonymous
    January 03, 2013 4:49 PM
    I dont know of many that would want to discuss peace with Bashar al Assad considering he is a cold blooded murderer terrorizing the Syrian population. He would even drop bombs in civilians areas during a peace meeting.

    by: Michael from: USA
    January 01, 2013 9:53 AM
    Mr Brahimi has worked a plan that ought to end the fighting. With the plan on the table there are no excuses. This situation heralds a new Age for progress in the Arab League, then flowing from there out into the whole world

    by: tenzin from: india
    January 01, 2013 6:46 AM
    thanks for your open new peavce talks begin on monday . i am very happpy to knew this neews at here. good for all of your people as well as world.

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