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President al-Assad is seen with his wife Asma in this 2009 photo. ABACA photo

President al-Assad is seen with his wife Asma in this 2009 photo. ABACA photo

The debate over asylum for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues, with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hinting he would not favor an exile for the leader amid claims the embattled leader is seeking an opportunity to live in a Latin American country.

Israeli daily Haaretz claimed yesterday that al-Assad has been looking into the possibility of claiming political asylum for himself, his family and his associates, in Latin America. Al-Assad sent his Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad to Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador last week, with classified personal letters from the president to the Latin American leaders.

Promise to ‘live and die in Syria'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban also suggested he would not favor an asylum deal for President al-Assad as a way to end the country’s civil war.

Ban was asked about the potential for such a deal. He refrained to comment directly on the matter but told The Associated Press that the United Nations doesn’t grant anyone “impunity.”

“Whoever commits [a] gross violation of human rights must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. This is a fundamental principle,” Ban said. Al- Assad vowed in an interview with Russia Today last month that he would never be forced into exile and that he would “live and die in Syria.”

December/06/2012

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ilker avni

12/6/2012 6:14:29 PM

As soon as Assad leaves Turkey will clean sweep all these terroists from Syria,Turkey will make sure Syria is run with a democractic goverment involving all sectarian and etnic groups.Turkey cannot afford to have terroists groups on its border.It will mean Turkish troops going into Syria maybe.?.

Recep Ozel

12/6/2012 12:07:22 PM

It is not the fault of Assad that foreigners decided to invade and tear apart Syria. He should be allowed asylum. Credit goes to Haaretz for reporting more openly on the Syrian issue. Unlike the European papers, and many Turkish ones, they did not cover up the "Syrian rebels" killing 29 school children and their teacher two days ago.

Sam Steel

12/6/2012 10:48:57 AM

Ban says: the United Nations doesn’t grant anyone “impunity.” yeah right, so all the war crimes committed by the US and Israel etc. will be dealt with?

Ryan James

12/6/2012 8:41:53 AM

I am disgusted with Trukey for its deceitful behavior in this imperialist grab. And America??? I am beyond disgust.

Mike Taylor

12/6/2012 4:06:50 AM

Give him Asylum in the US, Ive got a few things I'd like to....say to him, hehe...but seriously, if he orders the use of Chemical weapons, he'd better not be granted asylum anywhere...not that he desrves it as things stand now
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