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Assad won't leave Syria

2012-11-08 16:49

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday rejected calls that he seek a safe exit, vowing he would "live in Syria and die in Syria" in an interview with Russian-backed international channel RT.

"I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country," Assad, who is facing a nearly 20-month revolt against his rule, told the channel in English, according to transcripts posted on the state-backed Russian news channel's website.

"I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria," he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday floated the idea of granting Assad safe passage from the country, saying it "could be arranged" though he wanted the Syrian leader to face international justice.

Assad also warned against a foreign intervention to deal with Syria's escalating conflict, saying such a move would have global consequences and shake regional stability.

"We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region... it will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific," he said.

"I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next," Assad said.

In a separate video extract of the interview, Assad also said: "The price of this invasion, if it happens, is going to be big, more than the whole world can afford."

Many in Syria's opposition, including armed rebels waging fierce battles with pro-regime forces, have urged the international community to intervene to stop escalating bloodshed in the country that rights groups say has left more than 37 000 people dead.

Comments
  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-08 17:21

    I am not surprised Assad has decided not to accept this insane offer,David Cameron has once again showed his complete lack of understanding as to the dynamics of this conflict.The Western world better heed what Assad has said he certainly knows what he is talking about it is after all his region of the world.Once this man is taken seriously then there will be hope for a peaceful settlement to the Syrian civil war..but if the West continues to polarize the two factions of the Muslim faith then surely dire consequences will follow for the broader world community!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 20:42

      I'm glad my welfare and the welfare of my loved ones is not in your hands.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-09 11:23

      I am glad my welfare and my families welfare are not in your hands!!!

  • dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-11-08 17:44

    To Quote Assad "We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region... it will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific," The West really needs to think about what kind of regime that will follow Assad. It is highly unlikely that a democratic regime will follow. It will be more like a radical fundamentalist Islamic state with exta-judicial executions that we see being perpetrated by the " free Syrian Army" on a daily basis. Putin made a valid point by saying that the West should arm all their Islamic terrorist accused prisoners and release them to fight along side the FSA, because they are the same people. Come on Obama, you have the savvy to see this for what it is!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 17:53

      Iran is the major target, the Syrian people can be fed to the wolves as far as the West is concerned, so long as Iran is weakened. But the Russians and the Chinese aren't going to sit back and watch the west turn country after country in which they have vital and strategic interests either into puppet states or failed and fragmented states.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 20:43

      The illegitimate Syrian and Iranian regimes are the targets of their people. Thankfully and at last.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 20:46

      Teapot, the West is doing virtually nothing to help the Syrian people free themselves. Everyone knows this. Putin on the other hand is actively arming Assad and his brother, who are literally butchering Syrians in their homes in a futile attempt to hold onto unelected power. You would stand by and allow this to happen? You would even take advice from Putin?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 17:54

    Only leaders who are determined to live for their people are prepared to die for their people!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 20:48

      What a delusional, naive and archaic perspective on the brutal tyrant of Syria and his brother. Wake up!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-08 20:39

    Same mantra as Gaddafi. Same outcome.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-09 08:36

    He could have just stepped down and instituted transition to reform way back at the begining of the uprising (lets not forget this whole war was about him stepping down). Now 38000 people are dead and he's playing to regional fears and bigotries about the 'West' , he takes all his time talking about the West and none about the other countries in perticular the arab nations and/or the IOC , Arab league. Fear based rhetoric of what evil will follow ?(At this point almost anything is better). However if you see its launched from Putin's personal television network it starts to make sense . Talking of military intervention are the nutty delights for the anti-US ...look , look ..look , crowd. When in reality the resolutions vetoed by the UNSC was for sanctions on Syria and the prevention of futher arms delivery, suprise , surprise , the Russians said No.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-11 05:00

    Syria won't let Assad leave.

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