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09/19/2013 07:35 pm ET | Updated Nov 19, 2013

Syria Civil War 'At Stalemate,' Deputy PM Says

The Syrian government believes the civil war ravaging the country has reached a stalemate and would call for a ceasefire if long-stalled peace talks in Geneva were to take place, the deputy prime minister told Britain's Guardian on Thursday.

"Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side," Qadri Jamil told the newspaper.

When asked what his government would propose at the stalled Geneva-2 summit, he replied: "An end to external intervention, a ceasefire and the launching of a peaceful political process."

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