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Oct 30, 2013 11:52 AM by Associated Press

Assad says support for armed groups must end

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A Syrian state-run TV channel says President Bashar Assad has told the Arab League-U.N. envoy that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country's conflict is to succeed.

Al-Ikhbariya television also quotes Assad as telling Lakhar Brahimi during their meeting Wednesday in Damascus that the "Syrian people alone are entitled to draw the future of Syria, and any solution must be approved by them."

Brahimi is in Damascus to try to save faltering diplomatic efforts to convene an international peace conference to find a political resolution to Syria's civil war.

The prospects for the conference appear dim - the Syrian opposition remains deeply divided over whether to attend, while the government refuses to sit down with the armed opposition.



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