Assad has no Future: German Foreign Minister

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Updated February 6, 2012

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has been asked to step down so as to make way for peacful transition for he has no future in Syria, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said after a Munich conference.

Assad has no Future: German Foreign Minister

This was coming a day after Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution calling for Assad to step down.

Westerwelle said talks will be opened with the Russian government once again by the week so as to foster an understanding of the situation on the Russian side and perhaps allow movement.

At the Munich Security Conference largely condemned the Russo-China decision,Westerwelle assured they will be going back to United Nations Security Council as he said the decision for the veto was a wrong footing as new discussions will be opened especially with the Arab League.

According to Reuters report,the changes proposed by Russia, would have introduced language assigning blame to Syria’s opposition, as well as the government, for violence in which the United Nations says more than 5,000 people have died.

The other 13 council members voted in favor of the resolution, which would have said that the council “fully supports” the Arab League plan aimed at ending 11 months of bloodshed as Syria has sought to crush an anti-Assad uprising.

This is the second time that permanent members Russia and China have exercised a double veto on the Syria issue. In October, they vetoed a European-drafted resolution condemning Syria and threatening it with possible sanctions.

It was already pre-meditated that China will follow Russia’s lead and the decision to veto the text came from Moscow. Russia had complained that the draft resolution was an attempt at “regime change” in Syria, Moscow’s close ally and a key Russian weapons export destination.

Russia’s decision to vote against the resolution came after U.S. and European officials rejected a series of Russian amendments to the draft resolution that Rice said were “unacceptable.”