Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is presenting the country’s civil war as a foreign conspiracy and is not interested in reforms, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (pictured) told the UN Security Council Monday.
By Nathan KING correspondent in New York
The new international envoy working to end Syria’s civil war told members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday that President Bashar Assad will not institute reforms which would end his family’s 40-year dictatorship and continues to blame the country’s uprising on a foreign conspiracy.
Lakhdar Brahimi, who took on the post in September, offered a bleak account as he briefed diplomats for the first time in a closed-door meeting on his recent talks in Damascus with Assad, and discussions with other leaders in the region.
According to a diplomat inside the briefing, who demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly to reveal details, Brahimi said he believed that Assad’s goal was to return the country to “the old Syria,” in which he and his father had ruled as dictators for four decades.LEGGI TUTTO