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President Bashar al-Assad & Syria Crisis
President Bashar al-Assad & Syria Crisis

President al-Assad needs more time to “WIN Conflict”

(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)
DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad says the situation on the ground in Syria is improving and that, despite some mistakes, there is a strong bond between the regime and its people.

In advance excerpts of a television interview to be broadcast by pro-regime Addounia channel, Mr Assad also scoffed at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict.

Confident and relaxed, President al-Assad paid tribute to the Syrian people, saying they stood steadfastly behind him and his armed forces, and criticized the leaders of onetime ally Turkey, saying some of them were "ignorant."

"I can sum up all this explanation in one sentence: We are moving forward. The situation is practically better but it has not been decided yet. That takes time." President al-Assad said.

"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," he 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."

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad claimed Tuesday to be gaining ground in the bloody conflict that has racked the country for nearly 18 months, offering an assessment that appeared to be backed up by developments on the ground.

“We’re fighting a battle both locally and internationally,” he said in an interview with pro-regime Addounia TV. “So we might need time to win it. But I can say one sentence: We’re heading forward. The situation is better now, but the end is not there yet. That needs time.”

President al-Assad also rejected at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict so that they do not flood across the borders into neighboring countries.

“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 said.

Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad responded with a hearty laugh when told by the interviewer that rumours about his whereabouts often made the rounds among Syrians. "I am here with you in the studio in Damascus," he said.

President al-Assad also mocked those defecting from his regime, saying their departure amounted to a “self-cleansing of the government firstly and the country generally.”

“Despite several mistakes, there is a strong bond” between the regime and the Syrian people, President Bashar al-Assad insisted, boasting the support of the majority of the country’s population.

The brief video clip released Tuesday featured one part of an interview that Addounia TV said would be aired in full Wednesday night. Addounia TV said it would screen the full interview at 1800 GMT on Wednesday.

Press reports on Wednesday indicated that Addounia TV is majority owned by Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Assad and one of Syria's wealthiest men.

It also added that President al-Assad's description of the civil war as a regional and global battle stays true to form for a regime that refers to the rebels as members of terrorist bands and speaks often of a Western conspiracy to break Syria, which he sees as the last bastion of Arab resistance against Israel.

The last time President Bashar al-Assad appeared in public was when Syria's state-run TV aired footage of the President performing Eid al-Fitr prayers in at Al-Hamad Mosque in Mohajirin Quarter in Damascus, which Press reports indicated to as the President al-Assad first appearance in public after a bombing in the Syrian capital last month that killed the defense minister and three other top security officials.

At least 20,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict, according to anti-regime rights activists.

Rights groups monitoring the violence report the death of 100 to 250 or more Syrians on daily basis, but these figures are impossible to independently verify. The fighting however is intense enough to force hundreds of thousands of Syrians to flee their homes, seeking refuge elsewhere in the country or in neighboring nations.
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Greg            8/29/2012 5:09:55 PM
Time is not on your side Sir. Heed your Hippocratic oath and resign immediately, for the good of your people. Immediately call for elections.
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