Assad resignation 'up for discussion'
22 August 2012 Last updated at 03:49 BST
Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil has said the government is prepared to discuss the exit of President Assad, but it cannot be a pre-condition for talks.
Speaking on a visit to Moscow he said there must be no intervention and that the West was "looking for a pretext to intervene militarily".
Mr Jamil's comments follow President Obama's warning that the US may intervene if Syria uses chemical weapons.
Susana Mendonca reports.
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