Outcome of Geneva subject to approval of Syrians: Assad

Syrian President Assad stated their red line is the Syrian people's approval of the results of the 2nd Geneva conference.

Outcome of Geneva subject to approval of Syrians: Assad

World Bulletin/News Desk

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that the "Outcomes of the conference are subject to the approval of the Syrian people through a popular referendum."

President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to al-Manar TV broadcast on Thursday.

Touching on the conditions put by the Syrian leadership, Assad said, "Simply put, our only condition is that anything agreed upon in any meeting inside or outside the country, including the conference, is subject to the approval of the Syrian people through a popular referendum. This is the only condition. Anything else doesn’t have any value. That is why we are comfortable with going to the conference. We have no complexes. Either side can propose anything, but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people. And as long as we are the legitimate representatives of the people, we have nothing to fear."

Assad stated that they would attend the 2nd Geneva Conference for negotiations and added, "The failure of the conference will not significantly change the reality inside Syria."

Upon being asked of whether he would run for presidency at the 2014 presidential election, Assad said, " When the time comes, and I feel, through my meetings and interactions with the Syrian people, that there is a need and public desire for me to nominate myself, I will not hesitate. However, if I feel that the Syrian people do not want me to lead them, then naturally I will not put myself forward."

"There is clear popular pressure to open a new front of resistance in the Golan," Assad stated and added they wouldn't prevent any Syrian group willing to fight for the independence of Golan Heights.

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