Damascus Says Opposition Delusional in Demanding Assad Quit
[An Nahar] Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said Thursday the opposition was dreaming if it believed Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
would agree to quit in order to get it to join proposed peace talks.

He said the basis for the peace conference in Geneva the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
is trying to organize with Russian and U.S. support was the final statement of a meeting in the Swiss city last year that made no explicit demand for Assad to step down.

"Those who dream they're going to Geneva to be given the keys to Damascus are stupid people without any political weight who understand nothing about politics and live in cloud cuckoo land," Zohbi told the official SANA news agency.

"Discussions at the Geneva II conference will take place on the basis of the June 30, 2012 statement. It's a clear statement with a precise framework and conditions," he added.

The Damascus government has repeatedly expressed readiness to attend the proposed peace talks but the main opposition National Coalition only agreed earlier this week to participate and on conditions.

Principal among those was that Assad play no part in the political transition.

Zohbi mocked the delayed response by the Coalition to Western calls to attend the much delayed talks, now not expected to convene before next month at the earliest.

"Those who announced their readiness to attend just a few days ago have done so at the behest of their masters," he said.

A pro-government newspaper reported on Thursday that the talks are now expected to convene on December 12.

Posted by: Fred 2013-11-15