Syrian VP says neither Assad regime nor civil war 'can achieve change'
Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has said his regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path after 21 months of civil war aimed at ousting President Bashar al Assad.
Al-Sharaa's comments came as an Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, and Syrian warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing eight people and wounding dozens, activists said.
According to the Daily Express, this was a rare admission by a senior Syrian government official that victory is unlikely for Assad.
Al-Sharaa told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar that neither the rebels nor the Assad regime could "decide the battle militarily".
It appeared to be an attempt to show that the rebels are not the solution to the Syria conflict, and their victory might bring chaos to the country.
According to the report, Al-Sharaa also said that the Assad regime 'cannot achieve change'.
"The solution to the conflict must come from within Syria. Any political settlement must include stopping all types of violence, and the creation of a national unity government with wide powers," the report quoted him, as saying.