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Syria's Assad challenges definition of 'ceasefire'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 00:55

The Syrian President says a ceasefire shouldn't apply between ''a state and terrorists'', as world powers push for a solution to stop the fighting. Yiming Woo reports.

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President Bashar al-Assad has challenged the definition of a ceasefire between forces fighting in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SAYING: "When does the West speak about ceasefire? I think the answer is clear. It's when the militants are hurt, when their defeats begin. Firstly, the term 'ceasefire' is something that occurs between armies and states, it does not occur between a state and terrorists." Last Friday, world powers agreed to a stop in fighting to let humanitarian aid be delivered in Syria. But al-Assad says putting a ceasefire in place in one week was unrealistic. Syrian army offensives have continued across the country, backed by Russian air strikes. After four years of civil war, more than 200,000 people are dead, half of them civilians. The conflict has drawn in regional and global powers and produced the world's worst humanitarian emergency.

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Syria's Assad challenges definition of 'ceasefire'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 00:55