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Overthrow of Syrian regime would cause long civil war: Putin
Overthrow of Syrian regime would cause long civil war: Putin
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The Russian leader called on the conflicting sides to reach a compromise.

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that if the Syrian rebels succeed in overthrowing the Assad government, the country will be dragged into a prolonged civil war.

“It may lead to a reverse situation, when the opposition becomes the government, and the government becomes the opposition... In such a case, there will be no telling how long the civil war might last", Putin told reporters after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Sochi.

The Russian leader called on the conflicting sides to reach a compromise.

“As for Syria’s incumbent government, it should bring itself to start negotiations that would result in mutually acceptable compromises for the benefit of the country. And so should the other side, so-called armed opposition,” Putin told reporters.

“We think the sequence should be as follows: first, there should be ceasefire. Violence from both sides has to stop. Then there should be talks to find a solution. It is necessary to determine the constitutional foundations of the future nation. And only after that structural reforms should take place – not vice versa. Otherwise, we think there will be chaos."

Prime Minister Monti said that a provisional government modeled on Lebanon's could be the best solution to the crisis in Syria.

He added that such a government should include all elements of Syrian society, and that Russia should support such a move once it goes through the UN.

"Passing this decision with the United Nations would not be possible without Russia’s facilitation", he added.



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Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.