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by Stephen Lendman
Assad long sought peaceful conflict resolution without preconditions. He stressed Syrians alone must decide who’ll lead them, free from foreign interference as international law requires.
On Monday, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem repeated Syria’s long-held position in talks with pro-Western mediator Staffan de Mistura. 
US-supported opposition elements and Western powers demanding political transition (aka regime change) is wholly unacceptable. Syrians overwhelmingly reject it. 
De Mistura stressed it in upcoming talks beginning April 13, showing which side he’s on.
Ceasefire is pure fantasy. Al-Muallem blasted Turkey and Saudi Arabia for multiple daily breaches. Russia’s reconciliation center located at Khmeimim airbase in Syria reports them each day.
Terrorists continue attacking government forces, wanting peace talks derailed – with full support from Washington and regional rogue states.
An unnamed opposition member said “ceasefire is about to collapse.” Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s main international affairs advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, said John Kerry asked Iran to help assure Assad leaves.
He responded saying “(w)e should ask them: What does this have to do with you? Shouldn’t the Syrian people (alone) decide?”
“From Iran’s point of view, Bashar Assad and his government should remain as a legal government and legal president until the end of his term.” 
“And (he) should be able to take part in a presidential election as any Syrian citizen. Their precondition that (he) should go is a red line for us.”
On April 13, Syrian parliamentary elections are scheduled, independent international observers to monitor the process. Ruling Ba’ath Party candidates and allies are expected to prevail easily.
Expect Western officials and supportive media scoundrels to cry foul – their customary response to free, fair and open elections not going the way they want.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.