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President Assad: Ceasefire ‘Glimmer of Hope

1 March 2016 21:17


As he stressed that the Syrian government is committed to the current ceasefire in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said that the other side in the conflict is violating the agreement sponsored by the United Nations.

In an interview with German television ARD, President Assad said the terrorists breached the cessation of hostilities agreement from the very first hour, while the Syrian Army has refrained from retaliating, in order to give the chance for the agreement to survive.

However, Assad warned: “That’s what we can do, but at the end everything has a limit. It depends on the other side.”

Describing the truce as a “glimmer of hope”, the president also offered an amnesty to opposition militants if they agree to disarm.

“Just … give up your armament, whether you want to join the political process or (are) not interested about the political process, you don’t have any political agenda, it doesn’t matter.”

“The most important thing for me, legally and constitutionally, … (is) that you’re not allowed, as a citizen, to hold machine guns and hurt people or properties.”

“This is the only thing that we ask. We don’t ask for anything. As I said, we give them full amnesty,” he said.


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