Assad Does Not Represent Syria’s Future, Sarkozy Says

© REUTERS / Philippe WojazerNicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicains political party, attends a political rally in Franconville, France, as he campaigns for the French conservative presidential primary, September 19, 2016.
Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicains political party, attends a political rally in Franconville, France, as he campaigns for the French conservative presidential primary, September 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Nicolas Sarkozy says a peaceful future in civil-war-torn Syria is not conceivable under the presidency of Bashar Assad.

Syrian children stand on the side of a road watching a 48-truck convoy from the ICRC, SARC and UN driving through the Syrian rebel-held village of Teir Maalah, on the northern outskirts of Homs in central Syria, as it heads to the besieged town of Talbisseh on July 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — During Thursday debates, Sarkozy recalled that Assad "did not represent the future of Syria, otherwise we are no longer humanists."

Numerous armed groups, including terrorists such as Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh), as well as opposition factions, have been fighting in the Syrian civil war against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The internal conflict in Syria has lasted for about five years, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. A September ceasefire, negotiated by the United States and Russia, has failed to hold.

Russia has been supporting Syria's legitimate authorities, the government of President Bashar Assad, in the Syrian civil war, which started in 2011. Washington has sided with the so-called "moderate opposition" that has been fighting against Syrian government forces along with other groups.

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