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Syria 'will not make new concessions at Geneva peace talks'

Published 24/01/2016 | 11:56

President Bashar Assad's family has governed Syria for more than four decades
President Bashar Assad's family has governed Syria for more than four decades

The Syrian government will not make any new concessions in future peace talks, a senior official has insisted.

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Hilal al-Hilal, a senior official in Syrian President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party, made the comments to state media ahead of scheduled peace talks in Geneva to work on ending Syria's nearly five-year conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people.

The talks, which were to begin on Monday but will likely be delayed, are part of a UN plan that envisions an 18-month timetable for a political transition.

The Syrian opposition says Assad should have no role in Syria's future, even during a transitional period. Assad, whose family has governed Syria for more than four decades, has said he will only step down if voted out.

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