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As Geneva 2 talks continue, former ambassador to the US and Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal spoke to CNN about his position on the Syrian war.
"I'd describe Syria as a festering wound, and you know festering wounds, they collect all the worst bacteria that can come together in one part. And this is what is happening in Syria. We have all of these groups, crazies, from Shia and Sunni, other groups, fighting there. And they're terribly, terribly destructive. So we have to get them out of Syria, and the world community has a responsibility in that."
He suggests that hope for a resolution lies with the proposed placement of an interim government, when "all of these groups, will, by the nature of the situation, disappear. They come from outside, they come from places like the United States, the UK, the Arab world, Muslim world, from Iraq, from Iran, from all over. So once you have a good and authoritative government in place, they will not have a place."
When asked about how entrenched Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be, given his recent announcement of his plan to run for re-election, al-Faisal answered that that is just wishful thinking. "How can you run for election in a country that is 75% destroyed, with bombings everyday taking place in all the towns and villages? This is just propaganda... and frankly after the way he conducted himself with the Syrian people, killing so many in documented authority, and affidavits, and photographs, and witnesses, how can one expect him to even claim to have any legitimacy in that situation?"
Syria is a country that has been ravaged by years of civil war. Italian photographer Matteo Rovella, who went to the Syrian city of Aleppo last summer, found a new way of documenting the impact of the violence. Wearing just a helmet and a flak jacket, he went inside the city’s many ghost houses, left empty as families fled for their lives.
As is evident from the images he captured, most of the families didn’t have time to pack their things. “You see such scenes and you imagine the moment when people had to escape from the rooms. You feel that they had to escape or die.”
“You really get the feeling of the war, you really get the feeling of the situation, it was a very touching experience.”
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