the World is Changing Regarding Syria
January 10, 2017 "Information
Damascus, SANA_ President Bashar al-Assad has said that
everything in the world is changing regarding Syria on
every level, the local, the regional, and the
In a statement
given to the French media, President al-Assad added that
our mission, according to the constitution and according
to the laws, that we have to liberate every inch of the
the full context of the statement:
President, you have just met a French delegation of MPs.
Do you think this visit will have an influence on the
French position about Syria?
is a French question. We hope that any delegation that
would come here is to see the truth about what is
happening in Syria during the last years, since the
beginning of the war six years ago, and the problem now,
regarding France in particular, is that they donít have
an embassy, they donít have any relation with Syria at
all, so itís likeÖ we can say itís a blind state. How
can you forge a policy towards a certain region if you
canít see, if youíre blind? You need to see. The
importance of those delegations is that they represent
the eyes of the states, but that depends on the state;
do they want to see, or they want to keep adopting the
ostrich policy and they donít want to tell the truth,
because now everything in the world is changing
regarding Syria on every level, the local, the regional,
and the international. Until this moment, the French
administration hasnít changed its position, they still
speak the old language which is disconnected from our
reality. Thatís why we have a hope that thereís someone
in the state who wants to listen to these delegations,
to the facts. Iím not talking about my opinion, Iím
talking about the reality in Syria. So, we have hope.
President, you said that Aleppo is a major victory for
Syria, and a major turn in the crisis. What do you feel
when you see the pictures of the hundreds of civilians
that were killed in the bombings, and the devastation of
the city? President Assad:Of
course, itís very painful for us as Syrians to see any
part of our country destroyed, or to see any blood
shedding anywhere,this is self-evident, this is
emotional part, but for me as President or as an
official, the question for the Syrian people: what Iím
going to do. Itís not only about the feeling; the
feeling is self-evident as I said. How weíre going to
rebuild our cities.
Question 3:But was
the bombing of east Aleppo the only solution to retake
the city, with the death of civilians, your fellow
citizens? President Assad:It
depends on what kind of war youíre looking for. Are you
looking for a quiet war, war without destruction? I
havenít heard, in the history, of a good war, every war
is bad. Why bad? Because every war is about destruction,
every war is about the killing, thatís why every war is
bad. You cannot say ďthis is a good warĒ even if itís
for a good reason, to defend your country, for a noble
reason, but itís bad. Thatís why itís not the solution,
if you have any other solution. But the question is: how
can you liberate the civilians in those areas from the
terrorists? Is it better to leave them, to leave them
under their supervision, under their oppression, under
their fate defined by those terrorists by beheading, by
killing, by everything but not having state? Is that the
role of the state, just to keep and watch? You have to
liberate, and this is the price sometimes, but at the
end, the people are liberated from the terrorists.
Thatís the question now; are they liberated or not? If
yes, thatís what we have to do.
President, a ceasefire has been signed on the 30th of
December, why do Syrian Army still fight near Damascus
in the region of Wadi Barada?
of all, ceasefire is about different parties, so when
you say thereís viable ceasefire is when every party
stops fighting and shooting, and itís not the case in
many areas in Syria, and that was reported by the
Russian center of observation regarding the ceasefire.
Thereís breaching of that ceasefire on daily basis in
Syria, including Damascus, but in Damascus mainly
because the terrorists occupy the main source of water
of Damascus where more than five million civilians are
deprived from water for the last three weeks now, and
the role of the Syrian Army is to liberate that area in
order to prevent those terrorists from using that water
in order to suffocate the capital. So, thatís why.
President, Daesh is not a part of the ceasefireÖ President Assad: No.
you plan to take again Raqqa, and when?
President Assad: Let me just continue the second part of
the first question. Second part of that ceasefire is not
about al-Nusra and ISIS, and the area that weíve been
fighting to liberate recently, regarding the water
sources of the capital Damascus, is occupied by
al-Nusra, and al-Nusra announced formally that they are
occupying that area. So, itís not part of the ceasefire.
al-Raqqa, of course itís our mission, according to the
constitution and according to the laws, that we have to
liberate every inch of the Syrian land. Thereís no
question about that, itís not to be discussed. But itís
about when, what are our priorities, and this is
military, regarding to the military planning, about the
military priorities. But nationally, thereís no
priority; every inch is a Syrian inch, it should be
within the purview of the government.
talks will take place in Astana at the end of the month,
including a lot of Syrian parties, including some
opposition groups, letís say. What are you ready to
negotiate directly with them, and what are you ready to
negotiate to help the peace to come back in Syria.
course, we are ready, and we announced that our
delegation to that conference is ready to go when they
defineÖ when they set the time of that conference. We
are ready to negotiate everything. When you talk about
negotiation regarding whether to end the conflict in
Syria or talking about the future of Syria, anything,
itís fully open, thereís no limit for that negotiations.
But whoís going to be there from the other side? We
donít know yet. Is it going to be real Syrian opposition
Ė and when I say ďrealĒ it means has grassroots in
Syria, not Saudi one or French one or British one Ė it
should be Syrian opposition to discuss the Syrian
issues. So, the viability or, letís say, the success of
that conference will depend on that point.
Question 7:Are you
even ready to discuss your position as President? That
has been contested.
but my position is related to the constitution, and the
constitution is very clear about the mechanism in which
you can bring a president or get rid of a president. So,
if they want to discuss this point, they have to discuss
the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by
the government or the president or by the opposition; it
should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a
referendum for every constitution. This is one of the
points that could be discussed in that meeting, of
course, but they cannot say ďwe need that presidentĒ or
ďwe donít need that presidentĒ because the president is
related to the ballot box. If they donít need him, letís
go to the ballot box. The Syrian people should bring a
president, not part of the Syrian people.
Question 8:And with
this negotiation, what will be the fate of rebel
what weíve been implementing during the last three
years, because you want genuinely to have peace in
Syria, the government offered amnesty for every militant
who gives up his armaments, and it worked, and they
still have the same option if they want to go back to
their normality and to go back to their normal life.
This is the maximum that you can offer, amnesty.
President, as you know, French presidential election
will take place, do you have a favorite, do you have a
preference for one of the candidates?
because we donít have any contacts with any one of them,
and we cannot count very much on the statements and
rhetoric during the campaign, so we always say letís
wait and see what policy theyíre going to adopt after
they are in their position. But we always have hopes
that the next administration or government or president,
they want to deal with the reality, to disconnect
themselves from the disconnected policy from our
reality. Thatís our hope, and they can work for the
interest of the French people, because the question now
after six years: as a French citizen, do you feel safer?
I donít think the answer is yes. The immigration
problem, has it made the situation in your country
better? I think the answer is no, whether in France or
in Europe. The question now: what is the reason? This is
the discussion that the next administration or
government or president should deal with in order to
deal with our reality, not with their imaginations as
has been happening during the last six years.
Question 10:But one
of the candidates, Francois Fillon, doesnít have the
same position as the official one; he would like to
reestablish the dialogue with Syria. Do you expect his
election Ė if heís elected Ė could change the position
of France about Syria?
rhetoric regarding the terrorists, or letís say the
priority to fight the terrorists and not meddling in the
affairs of other countries, are welcome, but we have to
be cautious, because what weíve learned in this region
during the last few years is that many officials would
say something and do the opposite. I wouldnít say that
Mr. Fillon would do this. I hope not. But we have to
wait and see, because thereís no contact. But so far,
what he said, if itís implemented, that will be very
Question 11:Do you
appreciate him as a politician, Francois Fillon?
didnít have any contact with him or cooperation, so
whatever I say now wonít be very credible, to be frank
Question 12:Is there
a message you want to address to France?
think if I want to send it to the politicians, I will
say the self-evident thing; that you have to work for
the interest of the Syrian citizens, and for the last
six years the situation is going in the other direction,
because the French politics harmed the French interests.
So, for the French people, I would say the mainstream
media has failed in most of the West. The narrative has
been debunked because of the reality, and you have the
alternative media, you have to look for the truth. The
truth was the main victim of the events in the Middle
East, including Syria. I would ask any citizen in France
to search for the reality, for the real information,
through the alternative media. When they search for this
information, they can be more effective in dealing with
their government, or at least not allowing some
politicians to base their politics on lies. Thatís what
we think is the most important thing during the last six
President, your father has been a lifelong President of
Syria. Do you consider the option of not being the
President anymore, one day?
that depends on two things: the first one is the will of
the Syrian people; do they want that person to be
president or not. If I want to be president while the
Syrian people doesnít want me, even if I win in the
elections, I donít have strong support, I cannot achieve
anything, especially in a complicated region like Syria.
You cannot be just elected president, that doesnít work,
you need popular support. Without it I cannot be
successful. So, at that time, thereís no meaning to be
The second one;
if I have that feeling that I want to be president, I
will nominate myself, but that depends on the first
factor. If I feel that the Syrian people doesnít want
me, of course I wouldnít be. So, itís not about me
mainly, itís about the Syrian people; do they want me or
not. Thatís how I look at it.
question; Donald Trump is to be appointed as President
of the United States in less than two weeks. He has been
clear that he wants to improve relationships with
Russia, which is one of your main alliesÖ
you considerÖ do you expect that it will change the
position of the United States towards Syria?
Yeah, if you want to talk realistically, because the
Syrian problem is not isolated, itís not only
Syrian-Syrian; actually, the biggest partÖ or letís say
the major part of the Syrian conflict is regional and
international. The simplest part that you can deal with
is the Syrian-Syrian part. The regional and the
international part depends mainly on the relation
between the United States and Russia. What he announced
yesterday was very promising, if thereís a genuine
approach or initiative toward improving the relation
between the United States and Russia, that will effect
every problem in the world, including Syria. So, I would
say yes, we think thatís positive, regarding the Syrian
What is positive?
I mean the relation, the improvement of the relation
between the United States and Russia will reflect
positively on the Syrian conflict.
Thank you very much.
expressed in this article are the author's own and do
not necessarily reflect Information Clearing House
It is unacceptable to slander, smear or engage in personal attacks on authors of articles posted on ICH.
Those engaging in that behavior will be banned from the comment section.
with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material
is distributed without profit to those who have
expressed a prior interest in receiving the
included information for research and educational
purposes. Information Clearing House has no
affiliation whatsoever with the originator of
this article nor is Information ClearingHouse
endorsed or sponsored by the originator.)