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Tue May 14, 2013 9:44AM
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi said that the Syrian government has supported a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude any body, since the crisis started in 2011.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi says his country will not be part of any effort that harms its sovereignty, in an apparent reference to an upcoming international conference on Syria due in Geneva. Zoabi's remarks on Monday were made in response to a Moscow-Washington proposal for an international conference to end the unrest in Syria. During an interview with Lebanese al-Manar TV, the information minister added that only the Syrian people are to decide about the country’s presidency through democratic voting. Although Zoabi said his country "cautiously" embraced the initiative, he added that Damascus needed to know more details regarding the conference before announcing its decision to attend it. " We are in need to know whether the Russian-US understanding is as important as the political solution and its necessity as a choice that applies to everyone and whether it is really a sole choice for the Americans and their allies in secret and in public." The minister said that the Syrian government has supported a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude any body or group, since the crisis started in 2011. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. SZH/HN