Syria's Assad: I'll Comply With UN Resolution
Says he's open to talks with opposition if they give up their arms
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Italy's RAI News 24 TV, at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – Bashar al-Assad is vowing to stand by the terms of the United Nations' resolution last week to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, reports the AP. "Of course we have to comply," he told Italian television in an interview today. "This is our history to comply with every treaty we sign. According to every chapter in the agreement, we don't have any reservation. That's why we decided to join the agreement."

He also indicated a willingness to talk to opposition members, "if they give in their arms we'll be ready to discuss with them anything like with any other citizen." But he drew the line at armed rebels, saying, "We cannot negotiate with the people who ask for foreign intervention and military intervention in Syria."

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Sep 29, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Assad wins. He gives up weapons (maybe)--but maintains control of his country. Not a good deal. Obama blew another one. Diplomacy requires more than arrogance and narcissism. American lacks a leader and the world knows it.
Sep 29, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
I want pictures of the weapons. If any are marked "made in the USA," then it will be positive evidence they were Saddam's missing WMD's. This will finally prove to the world what happened to those numerous tons and stockpiles of Anthrax and Sarin and yellow-cake Saddam really had. This will show the world that FOX News was right all the time.
Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
Assad, please tell me more about this agreement you signed. Does it say that you will make, use, then allow destruction of chemical weapons? I'm thinking you already violated something you signed.