Syria's Assad 'will go dead or alive'

2012-04-24 12:02

Dubai - Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad is "finished" and will eventually leave power "dead or alive," his Tunisian counterpart Moncef Marzouki said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday.

"The Russians, Chinese and Iranians," who have been supporting Assad since an uprising against his rule erupted last year, "must understand that this man [Assad] is finished and that it is no longer possible to defend him," Marzouki told the pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily.

"They must convince him to to quit power and hand it over to his deputy," he said.

"You will leave, in one way or another," Marzouki said addressing Assad.

"You will leave, dead or alive. It is best for you and your family to leave alive because if you decide to leave dead, this would mean that you will cause the death of tens of thousands of innocent people."

"You have caused enough bloodshed already."

The United Nations estimates that more than 9 000 people have died in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.

In an attempt to oversee a ceasefire, 30 observers are expected in Syria in the coming days pending the arrival of an expanded team of up to 300 observers approved by the UN Security Council.

But it will be up to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon to determine whether the situation is safe enough to deploy the 300 observers for an initial 90-day period, as part of a truce brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan.

"I don't think it [Annan's mission] will succeed as the number of observers is too small. Three hundred people can do nothing. In Kosovo there were 2 000 observers," Marzouki said.

Nearly 60 people were killed on Monday in violence across Syria, the majority of them civilians, from government shelling and gunfire in the central city of Hama, despite the presence of the UN monitors, a monitoring group said.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-24 12:49

    Sounds just like Gaddafi. He must just remember, there's not that much open desert between him and his enemies.

      Fred - 2012-04-24 23:38

      To Patrick the mad, narcissistic, self-enriching dictator Moamar Gaddafi was and always will be a true African hero.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-24 13:28

    It is great to have a leader, who speaks laud and clear, as anyone who has the interest of the Syrian people at heart , knows this is the only way out of this madness , and only than will it be possible to take first steps to peace !!

      Fred - 2012-04-24 23:39

      134 countries out of the 151 on Earth voted at in the UN General Assembly that the UNELECTED dictator Bashar Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. As usual, you're on the wrong side of right Patrick.

      Fred - 2012-04-24 23:40

      Only those autocratic regimes voted against. For example, Zimbabwe, Iran, Russia, China, Venezuela.

  • Fred - 2012-04-24 15:40

    The new voices of the Middle East. What a change from the decades, centuries, of autocracy. And how stark is the contrast with the old-world Russian, Iranian and Chinese leaders. Dinosaurs soon.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-24 19:45

      Fred I seem to see china and Russia's economy expanding at around 8% per year. USA and Europe is practically at a standstill

      Fred - 2012-04-24 20:02

      Because it's population is Muslim (99%), Tunisia is often considered part of the Middle East too. Some consider it part of the Middle East more than Africa, indigenous Africans in particular. Your idea that the "East is going to be the driving force of the world" is as chauvinistic as if the West were. In truth, we're heading towards an INTERDEPENDENT multi-polar world.

      Fred - 2012-04-24 20:05

      DYlan, you're a bit behind the curve. China had it's first trade deficit in February, and is facing real threats the longer the global economy is in recession. Russia too. In the multi-polar world emerging, there isn't one winner. This is a faulty, old world view.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-25 17:33

      Multi polar world maybe. The truth of the matter is that china is the worlds largest creditor!! They have a surplus of cash going into the hundreds of millions maybe more and the us is the worlds largest debtor which has a deficit of 15.6 trillion dollars. Wonder whose economy is in a better state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-25 18:12

      That is its biggest vulnerability. And it's starting to feel it now, as it should. It has accumulated those reserves in part by manipulating it's currency below its true value, making its exports artificially cheap. Basically siphoning hundreds of billions of dollars from the world economy. Plus it has a largely irresponsible, autocratic regime that must change if it is to find its way in the world becoming new.

  • Jaba - 2012-04-24 15:55

    The Russians, Chinese and Iranians have Syrian blood on their hands... The Syrian people will never forgive them. In the same way as the new free & democratic Libya will never forgive the ANC and the South African government for supporting Gaddafi - the butcher of Libya.

      Fred - 2012-04-24 20:06

      Oh how Patrick wants madman Gaddafi back. The overwhelming majority of Libyans are relishing their first vote, and a clean break from the ridiculous narcissistic leadership they were subjected to, literally, for decades. .

      Fred - 2012-04-25 01:07

      No, just making it clear that you don't talk for Libya. The country hasn't appointed you as its spokesperson ... yet. :)

  • Fred - 2012-04-25 06:14

    This should read: "Assad Will Go Dead". Tragic.

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