9 February 2013
The Syrian government is open for dialogue with the opposition, but without any preconditions. This was announced on Friday by the country’s Minister of Information Adnan Mahmoud.
"The door is open; we welcome any Syrians who want to talk with us. However, if someone tells me: “either we discuss the issue, or I'll kill you, "this is not a dialogue," said the Minister, appearing on national television.
Earlier, Deputy Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad rejected the preconditions for beginning negotiations, put forward by the National Coalition opposition leader Ahmed Muaz al-Khatib.
Al-Khatib demanded the release of 160,000 prisoners. He later added the Syrian authorities would lose any chance for dialogue, unless they release from prisons all women before February 10th.
Voice of Russia, RIA