Cameron says Assad can stay for short term
Iran Press TV
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:31PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron says the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could stay on as part of a transitional government but should not be part of Syria's future in the long run.
Cameron's comment that was reported by Sky News is already seen a major shift in his previous positions.
Sky's correspondent travelling with Cameron to the United States said Cameron was not ruling out that Assad could be part of a transition, but 'what he is very clear about is that Assad cannot be part of Syria's future in the long run'.
Earlier, Britain's Telegraph newspaper quoted a government source as saying that Cameron was open to keeping Assad in power in the short term while a unity government was formed in the country after more than four years of civil war, Reuters reported.
Other reports earlier said the British prime minister was preparing to tell the United Nations General Assembly that peace in Syria is impossible while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
However, unnamed government officials had been quoted as saying that London believes Assad would not necessarily have to go immediately as part of any peace deal for Syria.
"This is a significant shift," Chris Bambery, a UK-based journalist, writer and broadcaster has told Press TV.
Bambery said what Cameron is saying is the same that Russia proposed as a solution over Syria in the past.
Nevertheless, he emphasized that this is a position that has been devised in coordination with the United States.
"I cannot imagine Cameron made that statement without consulting Washington about it," Bambery has told Press TV's UK Desk.
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