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Kerry says Syria's Assad not ready to give up yet

Published on Jan 24, 2014 4:19 AM

DAVOS (REUTERS) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is not ready to step down yet to make way for a transition government, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

"Obviously he is not ready at this point in time," Mr Kerry said in an interview with Al-Arabiya on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Syria's government and opposition are holding peace talks in Geneva this week. Kerry said if an agreement was reached many countries had offered to send peacekeepers to Syria, but he made clear US troops would probably not be part of such an operation.

"If there is a peace agreement, there are many countries that have already offered to step up and be peacekeepers in the new Syria," Mr Kerry said.

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