Russia says neither side will win Syrian civil war

December 22, 2012

MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei

Lavrov said that neither side would win the civil war in Syria,

and that China and Russia would be unable to persuade President

Bashar al-Assad to quit even if they tried.

In comments cleared for release on Saturday, Lavrov also

said Syria's chemical weapons had been concentrated in one or

two areas and were "under control" for the time being.