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September 24, 2020

Syrian VP calls for ‘historic settlement,’ national unity government

Syria’s vice president is calling for a “historic settlement” of the country’s civil war and the creation of a national unity government, according to an interview with a Lebanese newspaper to be published Monday, CNN reports. “The solution has to be Syrian, but through a historic settlement, which would include the main regional countries, and the members of the U.N. Security Council,” newspaper al-Akhbar quoted Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa as saying in excerpts released Sunday. Al-Sharaa, who also once acted as Syria’s foreign minister, noted that neither the rebels nor government has the military ability to reach what he called “a conclusive end.” Meanwhile, Syrian warplanes bombarded a densely populated Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Sunday amid clashes there, opposition activists said. Airstrikes hammered the Yarmouk camp in the southern part of the capital, opposition activists said. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged combatants in Syria “to spare our camps and our people in Syria” and not draw the Palestinians into the civil war. He also called on the world community “to take immediate action” to protect Palestinians in Syria.

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