Assad on German TV: 'I am not afraid of meeting same fate as Mubarak, Gaddafi'
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Assad on German TV: 'I am not afraid of meeting same fate as Mubarak, Gaddafi'

Damascus : Syria | Jul 09, 2012 at 6:41 AM PDT
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Assad told the German ARD television channel in an interview on July 5, which was aired on Sunday, that he is not afraid of meeting the same fate as the deposed and disgraced leaders of Libya and Egypt, saying he has nothing in common with them.

Assad insisted that he would not quit. "A president should not run away from problems, and we have significant problems in Syria.

"A president should not escape in this situation."

When asked if he believed the majority of the Syrians stand behind him, Assad replied: "Yes. Of course, I still enjoy the support of the Syrian public." Assad denied that his family alone holds the power in its hands. "The majority does not participate in the demonstrations," he said.

When asked about Annan's plan for a unity government in Syria, President Assad said one already exists, pointing to local elections in December in which opposition members won a small number of seats. That they didn't win more.

When asked on the American role in the conflict, he replied: "They are part of the conflict. They have offered assistance to these gangs to destabilize Syria. "

“The United States offers the umbrella and political support to those gangs to… destabilize Syria".

Assad, 46, who has ruled Syria since taking over from his father in 2000, also accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar for derailing the peace plan of the international envoy Kofi Annan.

"We know that Annan faces many challenges, but do not let the plan fail . The main obstacle lies in the fact that several countries do not want this plan to be successful, and this is why they offer political support, weapons and money to Syrian terrorists," said the Syrian leader.

Among the countries supporting terrorists the Syrian president has cited Turkey, which provides logistical support for smuggling as well as political support to rebels fighting the government.

He added the majority of those killed in Syria were in fact supporters of the government, saying they were killed by al-Qaida men or armed groups .

Separately, Syrian security forces said on Sunday that they had arrested 11 foreign spies from different Arab countries in Damascus, Iran's Press TV reported.

Meanwhile, international envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said he had held a "frank" and "constructive" meeting Monday in Damascus with Assad.

Annan told the press at a hotel in Damascus, "We agreed on an approach that I will share with the Syrian opposition on new ceasefire terms and conditions," he told reporters.

Earlier Annan’s spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters that Annan will travel to Tehran on Monday to discuss the Syrian issue.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/syria-s-assad-says-not-afraid-of-meeting-same-fate-as-mubarak-gadhafi-1.449731

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Assad during the interview with with German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer . AFP
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