Syrian endgame? Assad agrees to talks with armed opposition

There has been some microscopic movement by both sides toward a dialogue that might end the two yaer old civil war. President Assad offered for the first time to talk to the armed opposition - a concession that has the potential of breaking the diplomatic logjam. Reuters: Syria is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Brigadier Selim Idris, head of a rebel military command, demanded a complete ceasefire, the president's departure and the trial of his security and military chiefs as preconditions for negotiations. "We will not go (into talks) unless these demands are realized," he told Al Arabiya Television. But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight "against terrorism", alluding to the conflict with rebels in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed. Assad and his foes are locked in a...(Read Full Post)