More time needed to end conflict: Assad

2012-08-29 13:11

Damascus - Syria needs more time to end the conflict raging across the country, President Bashar Assad said in a television interview to be broadcast by pro-regime Al-Dunia channel on Wednesday.

Assad also scoffed at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict, in advance excerpts of the interview screened by the private channel.

"I can summarise in one phrase: We are progressing, the situation on the ground is better but we have not yet won - this will take more time," Assad said.

"Talk of buffer zones firstly is not on the table and secondly it is an unrealistic idea by hostile countries and the enemies of Syria," he added.

The Syrian leader also mocked those defecting from his regime, saying their departure amounted to a "self-cleansing of the government firstly and the country generally".

Al-Dunia said it would screen the full interview on Wednesday evening.

Assad's comments come a day after a car bomb rocked the funeral of two government loyalists in a Damascus suburb killing 27 people and as his army kept up its bombardment of rebel strongholds in the east of the capital.

Fighting between rebels and loyalist troops raged in several flashpoints, including in the commercial hub Aleppo, northwestern Idlib province and eastern Deir Ezzor.

Activists say around 25 000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad's rule broke out in March last year, while the United Nations says more than 214 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-29 13:28

    This dog should be executed like they did to Nicolae Ceau?escu in the Romania revolution. His time will come though.

      Madhi - 2012-08-29 13:33

      Who will execute him? I suggest u go in there yourself and see what happens, your al qaida underpants will be wet quickly and u will be breathless. President Assad does not like terrorist and their supporters, he sends them to the nearest grave.

      john.pope.75491 - 2012-08-29 14:48


      michangel.justice - 2012-08-29 15:22


      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-29 15:25

      Madhi - Assad is the terrorist. I have seen enough. There are many journalists inside the war zone. You are an utter fool.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 15:28

      Michangel, clearly you have made up what is happening in Syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 15:29

      Hallo, whatever Assad has done, wanting more ugly violence in our world is something I cannot agree with.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-29 15:34

      fred - the problem is that he will not relinquish power otherwise. He continues to use his military machine on towns and suburbs.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-30 02:16

      I agree, he is choosing to fight. I'm not sure he truly understands the future he is creating for himself and his family. He is different to Gaddafi, who went mad, and ranted from his broken that he would kill everyone and die in Libya. Assad seems detached from what he is doing. I fear for his future. It is likely to be ugly.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-30 02:17

      Madhi, that's another ridiculous comment, and one that openly supports the brutal murder and torture of Syrians and their families by an unelected dictator in control of the Syrian state and its military.

  • Madhi - 2012-08-29 13:38

    China/Russia have your back in the UN, Iran/Hizbollah have your back in the region, and here you have me and all progressive forces who can smell fascist zionism from far, we will defend u with everything we have, our turbins and rotis if we needs be. Take your time.

      ztoefy - 2012-08-29 14:24

      What are you on? So you don't care if the guys is murdering his own people. Do you even know how this uprising started. With the torture and murder of Children who were caught writing grafiti against the Government. How can you support a man that does this. I hope and pray that your eyes are opened to the human rights violations occuring dialy as a result of this man's rule.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 15:33

      Madhi a progressive force, supporting the wholesale murder of Syrians and their families by an unelected dictator. Yeah right. Just 12 of the 195 countries on Earth do not believe Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. This clearly shows where Madhi lies on the spectrum of progressiveness. At the dark, delusional end.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-29 16:32

      Are you high? You going to defend assad with roti , indian bread. Sheesh,what you going to feed the FSA to death

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 15:02

    I am struggling to understand the people who are horrified at the violence in Syria, but whose 'remedy' seems to be, in effect, an escalation of it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-29 15:19

      Mgoqi why don't you see it? Draw the libyan parallel. The dictator escalates the conflict in the vain hope to save himself.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-29 15:27

      The remedy is to kill one leader. As opposed to killing hundreds of innocent civilians and wrecking an economy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 15:36

      Assad has chosen again and again and again to escalate the violence in an attempt to impose himself on the Syrian people who want free and fair elections. In his speech reported in this article he is making this choice again. At any time he could chose to step down. Any time.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 15:43

      @hallo How many Libyans/Iraqis were killed in order to get to Mr Gaddafi or Sadaam. Nato bombing only escalated the number of deaths in both countries. Is there a justification in fighting back when you do represent a portion of the population (which Assad no doubt does).

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-30 02:33

      Combining Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein into one algorithm is faulty. Gaddafi was removed by his own people as part of the Arab Spring ten years after the death of Saddam Hussein. By removing Gaddafi's ability to attack Libyans with the Libyan army and its artillery, the international community prevented in Libya what is happening now in Syria. Saddam Hussein was removed from power by the US and Nato following the attack on the US by Al-Quaida on 9/11. That was ten years ago. Nothing to do with the Arab Spring that was started in Tunisia by a humble street trader, swept through Egypt and Libya, now in Syria, with Iran to follow. A misguided decision to invade Iraq, for sure, in the wake of the trauma of 9/11. But totally different to Libya and Syria.

  • Madhi - 2012-08-29 16:01

    Fred, Anton and Gerhard, for the 1000th time now, no sane person want to see people being killed. I stated my views long time ago here that Assad is a dictator so was his father. I would love to see an elected president in Syria like most sane people would like to see. My difference with you and the western approach is imposing a winner in a civil war and completely rejecting an opportunity for talks. You can argue that assad started it and he is not genuine about talk and may be u are right. The fact is that he wants to talk and as long as there are talks there is no bombing and no one dying. Russia offered to help the people of syria by managing assad, the west promised to manage the opposition and they have not. So cutting all the BS, let the Syrians talk peace and if Assad goes let it be, but for God's sake protect minorities in Syria and learn from what is happening in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya. That's really all I stand for. Of course I stand for the small guy in every conflict, in Syria I stood with the peacefull demonstrators at the begining until arms started flowing and terrorism took foot. I also see that Assad is the small guy in the conflict as I see NATO/opposition. If you want to judge me for who I believe in, I suggest you read a posting I made this morning here on n24, titled ACTIVISM. There I mean every word as I believe in it. That's different from mocking zionist/fascist of which I careless about, they don't directly affect me even if I have different views

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 16:18

      Your anti-West prejudice is blinding you to what is happening in Syria. For eleven months Assad killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands more. He has already drafted his version of the "new constitution". He'd stay in power for another 14 years.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 18:14

      Madhi, ""for the 1000th time now"" For 50 years,yes FIFTY YEARS, the Syrian opposition 'asked' these assads for a dialogue and to have elections This most certainly is not the first uprising against these dictators. Conservatively 50 000 Syrians have lost their lives; their crime: They wanted a change of government. NO different than the Black people in SA, did no longer wanted to be ruled by a minority rule. ----------------------------NO DIFFERENCE---------------------- But now that this psychopath has murdered another 20 000 Syrians, and his planes have turned Syrian cities into rubble, there is not going to be any talks, until this dog is out of THEIR country; Dead OR Alive !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 21:17

      Elements of the Free Syria Army are certainly no angels, committing similar atrocities as the bloody surgeon of Syria himself. But it is you who is misreading the situation, unfortunately as you did in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-29 19:37

    All good thing don't come quickly, they take time. It took more than 100 years for African countries to attain freedom which most take for granted. The victory will surely be yours. The imperialists know very well that an invasion of Syria will bear a devastating defeat for them. Your people have spoken. The Syrian people have said in their large numbers that they support you. Rid the country of gutless terrorists who throw people from rooftops to the floor simply for being against them.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 21:18

      A blinder pare there cannot be. They're actually supporting the real "imperialist": the unelected dictator of Syria who is murdering Syrians and their families while we speak.

  • Madhi - 2012-08-29 19:46

    If the rebels want peace they can have it right away, not only for themselves but for the civilians being killed in the process. There is no way Assad is going to just pack his bags and go, he will fight to the last men, and if that is the rebel mantra as well, then its going to be a long fight. We all know that the west has little interest for another war, NATO is America and America is looking for a president of their own at the moment, not for syrians. So your team of rebels need to make a choice, save the country and have assad gone peacefully or fight for longer and destroy the country. Their choice.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 21:22

      For eleven months they demonstrated peacefully. Assad shot thousands with sniper-fire. He also detained, tortured and had raped tens of thousands more. His father did the same thing. He got away with it. Assad jnr won't. If he makes the same choices as Gaddafi, as you suggest, even want, he'll land up the same way. Tragic.

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