Syria's Breakup Will
Cause Mideast to Blow Up
Full Interview of Pres. Assad with Turkish Media
Syrian President Bashar Assad - Broadcast
Friday April 5, 2013
In an interview with the Turkish TV station Ulusal Kanal
broadcast Friday, Syrian President Assad accused his neighbors
of stoking the revolt against his government, saying "we are
surrounded by countries that help terrorists and allow them to
enter Syria." But he warned that those same countries may
eventually pay a price down the road.
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"Everybody knows that if the disturbances in Syria reach the
point of the country's breakup, or terrorist forces control
Syria, or if the two cases happen, then this will immediately
spill over into neighboring countries first, and later there
will be a domino effect that will reach countries across the
Middle East," he said.
He also lashed out at Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, who was a close ally of Assad before the crisis began
but then turned into one of his harshest critics.
"When the prime minister (Erdogan), or the government or
officials get involved in shedding Syrian people's blood there
is no place for bridges between me and them or the Syrian people
that don't respect them," Assad said.
Turkey has been one of the strongest backers of the Syrian
Islamist "opposition," and has provided it with logistical
support and shelter.
"The Arab League lacks legitimacy. It's a league that represents
the Arab states, not the Arab people, so it can't grant or
retract legitimacy," he also stated in reference to the recent
move by the league to give Syria's seat to the Doha coalition
headed by Moaz al-Khatib.
The president also used the interview to quash rumors that he
had been killed by one of his guards in the capital Damascus.
Asked by a journalist whether he is still alive, Assad told
Ulusal Kanal: "I am present in front of you and not in a
shelter. These are mere rumors."
He said he is living as usual in Syria and is not hiding in
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