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Kerry claims Assad re-election will extend war in Syria

By Paul Iddon     Oct 21, 2013 in Politics
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed that if Bashar al-Assad is re-elected next year as President of Syria that would in turn see to the continuation of the war raging in Syria.
Daily Star Lebanon carries a report which quotes Kerry who said, “If he [Assad] thinks he's going to solve problems by running for re-election, I can say to him, I think that certainly this war will not end as long as that's the case that he's there.”
He went on to say that he does not believe that the Syrian opposition will agree to let him remain in power. “I don't know anybody who believes the opposition will ever consent to Bashar al-Assad being part of the government,” he said before going on to elaborate by adding, “He has bombed and gassed people in his country . . . How can that man claim to rule under any legitimacy in the future?”
Voice of America writes that Kerry made these comments ahead of a trip to London on Tuesday to meet with the heads of the Friends of Syria along with the Syrian opposition. He has already said that the need for a peace conference to address the Syrian crisis is an urgent one.
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