Syrian leader may have poor fate without dialogue with opposition

SOCHI, August 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev said that Syrian leader may face poor fate if they do not agree for a dialogue with the opposition and for reforms.

“While meeting with Syria’s president and in letters I express an idea: it is necessary to start reforms urgently, to find peace with the opposition, to restore the civil peace and to make a modern state,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Echo of Moscow radio station, the Russia Today television channel and Georgia’s First Caucasus Channel on Thursday.

“If he fails to do so, he will face a poor fate and finally we shall have to make some decisions,” Medvedev said.

The president chose not to compare directly the situations in Syria, Libya with that in Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili in August of 2008.

“Those are different things,” he said.

“In Libya there is a man who has been ruling the country for 40 years, and he decided to use force against his country,” Medvedev said stressing that “we do not think it correct.”

“In Georgia the task was to ‘glue up’ the country, /realistic autonomous regions/, and Libya has not fallen apart yet,” he added.

“Syria is a more complicated topic, there the situation develops dramatically,” Medvedev said. “Gaddafi made rather violent orders to destroy the opposition, and Syria’s present president has not given such orders, but unfortunately, many people die there, too, and this is of our concern.”


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