İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told to French media as he was ready to negotiate "everything" including his resignation, in proposed peace talks.
Journalists asked Assad what he would do if rebels insist on his resignation. He replied, ‘’Yes,’’. He added that his position was determined by the constitution and it would continue to be. He said any change in the constitution would be asked to people and they would elect the president. He acknowledged that he would not talk with whether El-Nusra or ISIL.
Moreover he claimed that nationwide ceasefire had been violated several Times, by rebel groups. He also defended his forces push to recapture Wadi Barada, where is the main water source of Damascus and a stronghold for rebels. Syrian capital is without water supply for a long-time.
On 20 December 2016, Lavrov, Çavuşoğlu and Zarif were met in a Moscow to draw the peace route for the Syrian Crisis. At the end, ‘’The Moscow Declaration’’ has been created. In the declaration, leaders highlighted the importance of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syrian Arab Republic, secure evacuation of civilians from disputed areas, their common anonymity against ISIS and El-Nusra and thanked government of Kazakhstan for conducting future meeting about the issue, in Astana.
Actually, there is no clear time of the meeting in Astana but it is expected to be at the end of this month. However, there is a critical dispute that must be solved before the meeting, about who will represent the Syrian rebellions.
In the last six years, 400,000 people dead and millions displaced in Syria. There are about 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and a million in Jordan. During the civil war, Assad tried to do everything to save his regime; he even used chemical weapons against rebellions.