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    Damascus' Proposals Rule Out Possibility of Syria's Federalization

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    Head of the Syrian government's delegation on intra-Syrian talks Bashar Jaafari said that the respect of the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, no divisive approaches politely called federalization are the Basic Elements for a political settlement in Syria.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — The proposals of the Syrian government's delegation on the political settlement in the country exclude any possibility of federalization of Syria, head of the delegation Bashar Jaafari told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "We provided the [UN] Special Envoy [for Syria Staffan de Mistura] with important ideas and opinions. We call them Basic Elements for a political settlement. These elements reflect what is shared by everybody in Syria. For instance, these are the respect of the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, no divisive approaches politely called federalization. One Basic Element is how to keep Syria together for the Syrians without any divisive approach," Jaafari said.

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