Saudi FM Says Assad Should Not Have Role in Geneva Talks

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday that Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad should not take part in the proposed peace talks aimed at ending that country's deadly conflict.

"We support the will of the Syrian people, which has expressed its will clearly, saying it does not wish to see any role in the conference for Bashar Assad, or any of those whose hands are stained with Syrian blood," he told reporters in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia is among the Gulf states accused by Syria of arming rebels battling forces loyal to Assad since peaceful demonstrations in March 2011 rapidly became open conflict after a regime crackdown.

More than 94,000 people have been killed in the two years since, according to rights activists.

The peace conference is a joint Russian and U.S. proposal to bring together representatives of the Syrian opposition and Assad's regime.

However, the opposition's long-standing position has been that it will not negotiate until Assad agrees to leave, and there is no formal precondition for the conference of him stepping down.

Faisal said he hoped that the conference, which is proposed to take place in Geneva, would lead to an "immediate ceasefire and meet the aspirations of the Syrian people to achieve a peaceful transfer of power."

Comments 4
Missing mfawaz 25 May 2013, 15:48

Mr. Faisal continued by saying that only the monarchy of King saud, truely knows the asperations of the syrian people, as it has financed this insurgancy in there name. In other news, King Hamid the thani..was seen throwing a fit...when he heard the news of king saud blatant...taking credit for supporting the takfiri groups in syria. (It was my money to)..he was overheard yelling

Thumb mckinl 25 May 2013, 16:05

And the KSA shouldn't have any role in importing terrorist Qaeda into Syria ... If the KSA is so concerned about the Syrian people they can start helping the refugees with a billion or two ... this is less than their funding to destabilize Syria ...

Missing abraham 25 May 2013, 18:01

Mr. Faisal it's time for you to go to a nursing home and spend the last days of your life in a rocking chair

Missing phillipo 25 May 2013, 20:36

Here we go again. You all claim that you want peace in Syria, but can't agree even on who will be represented at a peace conference.