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Opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib urges Assad to take a clear stance on his initiative for dialogue

Last modified: 4 Feb 2013 17:27

In an interview with Al Jazeera, opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib urged Assad to take a clear stance on his initiative for dialogue, adding that it was aimed at ending the bloodshed and to "help the regime leave peacefully".

Al-Khatib said major powers had no vision for a solution to the war in Syria and only Syrians could decide on a way forward.

"The regime must take a clear stand [on dialogue] and we say we will extend our hand for the interest of people and to help the regime leave peacefully," he said. "It is now in the hands of the regime."

Al-Khatib said that his initiative was "humanitarian" in order to save Syrian lives and what remains of the country's infrastructure after nearly two years of conflict.

"The big powers have no vision [for a solution] ... Only the Syrian people can decide on the solution."