Syria’s President Bashar Assad said Sunday his regime was in no danger of collapse and warned against any foreign military intervention in his country. In a rare interview to the Syrian TV, Assad insisted that security forces were making inroads against the uprising.
“It may seem dangerous ... but in fact we are able to deal with it,” he stated.
Assad also said he expected a parliamentary election to be held in February 2012, along with a series of reforms that would let political groups other than his Baath party to participate. The Syrian leader also dismissed President's call for him to step down, saying it has “no value.”
“I am not worried about the security situation right now, we can say the security situation is better,” he said. "We have recently made security achievements which we have not announced yet in order to ensure their success," he claimed.
He warned against military intervention, saying there will be “repercussions” to any country interfering in Syria's affairs. "We don't permit any country in the world, near or far, to interfere in the Syrian decision," said Assad.
This was the fourth public appearance Assad has made since the revolt against his family's 40-year rule erupted in mid-March.
Meanwhile,activists said Syrian forces had killed two civilians in house raids in the town of Rastan north of Homs on Saturday. The Syrian Revolution Coordinating Union said one man was killed in al Hirak in Deraa province when security forces fired at a funeral.
A day earlier, Assad's forces killed 34 people, including four children, in Homs and Deraa, where the popular revolt began in March, as well as in suburbs of Damascus and the ancient desert town of Palmyra, activists said.
A UN team arrived in Syria on Saturday to assess humanitarian needs in the country, a UN official said. The United Nations has sought access for the team since May.
UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the visit must not be a one-time offer and that her team would need unhindered access to all parts of Syria.