The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said that "factors are not yet in place" for peace talks despite efforts by world powers to convene a meeting next month.
In an interview with on
His comments came as the
"No time has been set, and the factors are not yet in place if we want (a US-Russian peace initiative dubbed
"Which forces are taking part? What relation do these forces have with the Syrian people? Do these forces represent the Syrian people, or do they represent the states that invented them?" he asked.
Assad has systematically refused to recognise as legitimate the National Coalition opposition umbrella group, which insists on his removal, a demand the regime rejects.
'They don't dare come to
"How can these forces represent the Syrian people if they live abroad? They don't dare to come to
"There are many questions about the conference... What is the framework of the conference?"
He has also repeatedly accused the Coalition of working under the orders of regional and Western backers.
"The solution [to
Asked whether he would run for re-election, Assad, who succeeded his late father in 2000, said: "My answer depends on two factors. The first is the personal desire, and the second is the will of the people."
"Regarding the first point, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't run in the next election."
Kerry is to meet the Syrian opposition and its Western and Arab backers in
"If he thinks he's going to solve problems by running for re-election, I can say to him, I think that certainly this war will not end as long as that's the case that he's there," Kerry said.
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