Another gem from our Russian reset partner....
PARIS -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is ready to step down but only in a "civilized" manner, Russia's ambassador to France said Friday.
Alexandre Orlov, whose country is a traditional ally of Syria and the Assad clan, told French radio station RFI: "I believe it is difficult for him to remain after everything that has happened ... and in some way he has accepted this."
The ambassador noted that Assad had shown a readiness to negotiate with the opposition following an international summit held in Switzerland last month. During those talks, overseen by United Nations peace envoy Kofi Annan and attended by Russia and China, it was agreed that a "transitional government" should be set up in Damascus made up of representatives from both the government and the opposition.
"There was a communication that looked ahead to a transition to a more democratic regime. This communication was accepted by Bashar Assad," Orlov said. "That's to say he accepts he has to go -- but to go in a civilized way."
In a civilized way. Nearly 20,000 dead, tens of thousands of refugees, the regime reserving the right to use chemical weapons, gruesome torture of its own men, women & children. But departure must be in a civilized way.
And Asma gets to shop in a civilized way. though perhaps not in London Corpses of those murdered by the regime are to be buried in a civilized way.
You can't make this stuff up.
Bottom Line. Russia, whose regime is hardly civilized, has found a true kindred spirit in the Assad regime. Leave us hope that Team Obama, whose "reset" with Russia has been an embarassment, does not seek "reset" with Assad per Russian & UN auspices.
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