President Assad’s 4th Speech on TV (21 Aug 2011) “We don’t permit any country … to interfere in Syria”
Posted by Joshua on Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Translation into English of the President’s speech
DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said that the awareness the Syrian people have shown protected the Homeland and foiled the plot seeking to undermine Syria within few weeks.
In a televised interview with the Syrian TV, President al-Assad assured that the security situation in Syria is better now, saying “We have recently made security achievements which we have not announced yet in order to ensure their success.”
The President pointed out that there are security cases that must be addressed through the security institutions.
President al-Assad stressed that the solution in Syria is political. “We have chosen the political solution since the very first days of events; otherwise, we wouldn’t have headed towards reform in less than a week after the events began.”
“We are at a transitional stage and we will follow up on the laws…there will be elections and a review of the constitution…the most important thing at this stage is to continue dialogue,” said the President, stressing “It is unquestionable that there will be a review of the constitution whether the target is Article 8 or the other political items.”
President al-Assad pointed out that the time expected for conducting the People’s Assembly elections is by February 2012.
The President stressed that everyone who got involved in an offense against a Syrian citizen, whether civilian or military, will be held accountable when proved guilty beyond doubt.
“Reform for all the colonialist Western countries is to give them all they want and to abandon all the rights, and this will be their unattainable dream whether under these circumstances and under any other circumstances,” said the President.
He noted that Syria’s relationship with the West is one of dispute on sovereignty whose persistent goal is to take away the sovereignty of the countries including Syria, stressing “We are unhesitantly committed to our sovereignty.”
President al-Assad warned that “Any military action against Syria will have much more implications that they can bear.”
The President stressed that it is impossible that Syria might suffer hunger as it has self-sufficiency and its geographical position is central for the region’s economy, noting that any blockade on Syria will affect a large number of the countries in the region and will reflect on other countries as well.
“We don’t permit any country in the world, near or far, to interfere in the Syrian decision,” said President al-Assad, adding that the attempt to act as the guide or the instructor or the role player at the expense of the Syrian cause is totally rejected from any official anywhere in the world.
“The only ceiling of media is the law and objectivity…and I share with many who are saying that the Syrian media have made an important leap over the past two months,” said the President.
“I am assured because the Syrian people have always come out of crises stronger…and it is natural that this crisis as any other crisis will give them more strength,” President al-Assad concluded.
Al-Jazeera English provides a short clip of the speech dubbed in English
UK plays down Syria oil ban proposal Independent
Britain today reacted coolly to the prospect of the European Union imposing a ban on oil imports from Syria.
Following the co-ordinated call by western leaders for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down, the EU is planning to discuss extending sanctions against the regime.
However Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt played down suggestions that the EU could follow the lead given by US President Barack Obama in banning Syrian oil imports.
He stressed sanctions should target the regime without hurting the Syrian people. Europe is the main market for Syrian oil and the government in Damascus has warned the ordinary population would suffer if imports are blocked.
“We have been in the vanguard of encouraging the EU to take action against individuals and entities who support the regime in order to avoid the difficulty of taking sanctions against the Syrian people,” Mr Burt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“Our view is that sanctions must continue to be targeted on those who support the regime and sanctions should be considered on the basis of what will have most effect on changing that situation or improving the situation for the Syrian people.
“We have not taken a decision on oil. It has got to be discussed because to be effective it has got to work collectively with the rest of the EU.
“What we have got to do, and what we are doing, is increasing the pressure in a manner which does not enable a Syrian spokesman to say ‘You are damaging the Syrian people.”‘
The General Authority of the Syrian Revolution called for the postponement of the formation of any board or body representing a transitional or interim Syrian Parliament. They say it does not keep pace with the ambitions of the Syrian Street.
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اليوم صدر بيان صحفي عن الهيئة العامة للثورة السورية دعا فيه إلى تأجيل تشكيل أي مجلس أو هيئة لتمثيل الثورة السورية في المرحلة الانتقالية , والرسالة لا يخفى عليكم موجهة الى مؤتمر اسطانبول الذي يعقد الآن لتشكيل مجلس وطني انتقالي على غرار المجلس الليبي للبدء باخذ اعترافات دولية بشرعية المجلس كممثل للشعب السوري , لكن
مع احترامنا لبيان الهيئة العامة للثورة ا…لسورية , فإن هذا البيان لا يواكب طموح الشارع السوري , شارع الثورة في الداخل , والراغب بالخلاص من حمامات الدم التي تجري يوميا , و تشكيل مجلس موحد انتقالي للمعارضة , اصبح ضرورة الآن قبل الغد ولا داعي للتأجيل , فالدماء تراق , ولا بد من مجلس له اعتراف دولي يساهم في اتخاذ اجراءات صارمة مع نظام السفاح بشار الاسد , واحب أن أنوه إلى أنه مجلس انتقالي , أي أنه مؤقت ليحل مكان النظام فور سقوطه ويحضر لانتخابات حرة نزيهة , فلا داعي لتعقيد الامور والتأجيل المتكرر , وينبغي أن نترفع حاليا عن المصالح الفئوية , لتخليص سوريا من براثن العصابة الأسدية .
وتذكرة أخيرة للقائمين على الهيئة العامة للثورة , إلى أن مؤتمر اسطانبول يحضره ممثيلين عن الثورة السورية والتنسيقيات في الداخل , لهم ثقلهم في الثورة السورية
وعليه , فإن من الواجب على الهيئة أن تحضر أيضا مؤتمر اسطانبول لتوحيد الجهود في أسرع وقت