DAMASCUS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to accept an opposition offer of peace talks, hours after Assad himself vowed to fight on.
Ban referred to an offer for talks by National Coalition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib as an opportunity that should not be missed — a chance to switch from a devastating military logic to a promising political approach.
Earlier yesterday, however, Assad said he would not bow to mounting pressure and ‘plots,’ state news agency SANA reported.
Assad said ‘Syria will remain the beating heart of the Arab world and will not give up its principles despite the intensifying pressure and diversifying plots not only targeting Syria, but all Arabs’.
He was speaking almost two years into the deadly revolt in Syria, which the United Nations says has cost more than 60,000 lives since it broke out in mid-March 2011.