"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Bashar Assad on Result of Geneva Talks on Syria: 'It Is Null'- Sputnik News
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with a Belorussian TV channel that the Geneva talks aimed at settling Syrian crisis has not brought any substantial results.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The intra-Syrian talks in Geneva did not produce any results in the conflict settlement, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Belarus’ ONT channel on Thursday.
The Syrian leader also characterized the Geneva talks as "merely a meeting for the media" adding that they were aimed at pushing the Syrian government to making concessions.
As far as the talks in Astana on Syrian reconciliation are concerned, Assad said that the situation is different from what is going on at the Geneva platform.
"In Astana, the dialogue was with the armed terrorists under Russian sponsorship and based on a Russian initiative. Iran and Turkey joined later. Turkey is the terrorists’ guarantor and Russia and Iran are the guarantors of the legitimate Syrian state. This started to produce results through more than one attempt to achieve ceasefire, the most recent of which is what’s called the de-escalation areas," Assad said.