The civil war in Syria could end with a diplomatic solution involving the United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — but “the proud nations that claim to want peace … refuse to cooperate with one another,” former Democratic President Jimmy Carter said Saturday.

“The needed concessions are not from the combatants in Syria,” Carter, 91, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, said in an op-ed piece in The New York Times.

These include the United States abandoning its position that President Bashar al-Assad must be toppled by military force to end the civil war.

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