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'Assad To Quit' Claim Denied By Syria
Syrian President Bashar al Assad is ready to leave power in an "orderly way", the Russian ambassador to France has said.
The leader has accepted that he will have to leave power, Alexandre Orlov said on French radio.
Russia and Syria are allies, however the Syrian Information Ministry has dismissed the claims as 'baseless'.
Mr Orlov told the RFI network: "At the Geneva conference, there was a final communique that foresees a transition towards a more democratic system.
"This final communique was accepted by Assad. Assad nominated his representative to lead the negotiations with the opposition for this transition. That means he accepted to leave, but in an orderly way."
The claim came after Hizbollah's Al Manar television announced that Syrian intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar died of wounds following a bombing in Damascus on Wednesday.
The blast killed three other top security officials.
Up to 30,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon over the past 48 hours, the UN refugee agency has said.
"Thousands of Syrians crossed into Lebanon yesterday. Reports vary between 8,500 and 30,000 people having crossed in the past 48 hours," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said in Geneva.
what do you think?
Which prison will they put him in? Well, actually none. A deal will have been done and he will be shipped out to a peaceful, luxurious retirement. Watch it happen folks.
Brian, I guess he will be in the same luxurious retirement village as tony Blair. There are many murderers in politics, some just look cleaner.
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I had to check this too. It's Aleksandr Orlov though :)
" An orderly manner " ? is that what you call the past couple of years ?
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nope. Its another phrase for an escape route for him family friends
Rob James Sykes Hetherington
yes i believe if he stays in power he will go the same way as his brother in law and gaddafi hes a coward and a bully hurts ppl out but cant take it like a man power to the ppl