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Topic - Farouk Al-Sharaa
Syria's vice president has said that neither the Syria army nor the anti-government rebels can win the 21-month-long civil war that has claimed 40,000 lives, the highest-ranking official in President Bashar Assad's government to suggest publicly that the longtime authoritarian regime cannot succeed.
The Syrian government on Saturday welcomed the naming of a former Algerian diplomat as the U.N.'s new point-man in efforts to halt the country's escalating civil war. Activists reported more shelling by regime troops, including an air attack on a northern border town where scores died earlier this week.
Syria's vice president on Sunday called for a transition to democracy and credited protesters with forcing the regime to consider reforms.