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Syria denies President Assad is considering asylum offers

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 6, 2012 in World
Damascus - The U.S. State Department has stated Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has been offered asylum by a number of countries, a claim Syria denies.
According to Haaretz talks have been underway between several Latin American countries and Syria regarding asylum for the Syrian President. Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdal is said to have held meetings regarding the possibility of asylum with Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela.
With close links between Iran and Syria, Iran has also been suggested as a country that would welcome Assad. Naharnet reported Mark Toner of the U.S. State Department, has said the U.S. is aware of informal offers of asylum by countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Ghassan Abbas, Syria's ambassador to Venezuela, has dismissed claims that Assad may seek asylum, citing Assad's avowed intent to live and die in Syria. (The Guardian). Al Yunaniya reported Assad said “I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country. I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.”
Last month the U.S. State Department stated it would welcome Assad's departure from Syria. CNN reported a spokesperson said: "We want to get him out of there so we can move on. That said, we also support accountability for him and for everybody else with blood on their hands."
Meanwhile LES reported UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he would not support an asylum deal for Assad if he orders the use of chemical weapons.
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