In an interview given to ARD German television, President Assad answered a question on what Syria is doing to make the cessation of hostilities agreement stable, saying that terrorists breached the 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, adding “That’s what we can do, but at the end everything has a limit. It depends on the other side.”
In response to a question by the journalist who asked what a rebel who is not a terrorist of ISIS or al-Nusra should do so that he will be accepted as a Syrian civilian again, President Assad said “Just to give up your armament, whether you want to join the political process or 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, and basing on the interest of the Syrian people and the principle of any state 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, and that happened, and they joined the Syrian Army, and some of them joined political life,” Sana reported.