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Syria talks about transition government, not terrorism: French FM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hit back at the Syrian regime Wednesday, saying the international peace talks are aimed at finding a transition government for the country, not about making "unfounded accusations" of terrorism.

MONTREUX, Switzerland: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hit back at the Syrian regime Wednesday, saying the international peace talks are aimed at finding a transition government for the country, not about making "unfounded accusations" of terrorism.

"This is not a matter of having a general discussion about Syria, hurling abuse or slogans, nor a way to gain time or to make speeches repeating the word terrorism," Fabius told the Syrian regime in his address at the conference.

"This is about finding a political deal for Syria concerning this transitional authority with full executive powers," he added.

Fabius spoke after Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said his country was battling terrorism as foreign Islamist fighters flocked to the war-torn country.

Muallem lambasted the Syrian opposition as "traitors" and "foreign agents" and said that their international backers had "encouraged and financed terrorism", warning that the wave of violence could spread beyond his country.

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