The Assad regime wants a cease-fire in its civil war, believing the 30-month conflict has reached a stalemate, Syria's deputy prime minister said.
"Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side," Qadri Jamil told British newspaper The Guardian. "This zero balance of forces will not change for a while."
The regime of President Bashar Assad intends to call for a cease-fire at a long-delayed Geneva, Switzerland, peace conference being worked out between the United States and Russia, Jamil told the newspaper.
Other regime proposals at the conference would include "an end to external intervention ... and the launching of a peaceful political process in a way that the Syrian people can enjoy self-determination without outside intervention and in a democratic way," Jamil said.