Syria ‘ready to discuss’ Assad resignation: Deputy PM Jamil

MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse – 21.8.2012 – A top Syrian minister held out the prospect of strongman Bashar al-Assad stepping down as part of a negotiated settlement to 17 months of bloodshed that activists say has killed 23,000 today. “As far as his resignation goes — making the resignation itself a condition for holding dialogue means that you will never be able to reach this dialogue. But any problems can be discussed during negotiations. We are even ready to discuss this issue,” Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said in comments translated into Russian.