Syrian regime calls for 'unconditional' talks
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||9 February 2013|
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February 09, 2013
A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire at a factory after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on February 8.
The Syrian government has said it is ready to hold "unconditional" talks with the Syrian opposition to end the 22-month-old conflict.
Syria's Informational Minister, Omran al-Zoghbi, was speaking to Syrian state TV on February 8.
The chief of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on January 30 laid down conditions for talks with the Syrian regime, including the release of 160,000 detainees from Syrian jails, with all women prisoners to be freed by February 10.
The new development came as violence continued to rage across Syria, especially in areas on the outskirts of the Syrian capital and the northern provinces, where government forces were said to have killed scores of rebel fighters in the past 24 hours.
Based on reporting by dpa, AP, and AFP