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Syria’s President al-Assad (L) speaks with CHP lawmaker Akgöl. DHA photo

Syria’s President al-Assad (L) speaks with CHP lawmaker Akgöl. DHA photo

Nearly 75 percent of the Syria-Turkey border is controlled by al-Qaeda, while the rest is controlled by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a delegation from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on March 7, daily Cumhuriyet has reported.

The three-member group, which consisted of deputy leader Şafak Pavey and two lawmakers from the neighboring Hatay province, Hasan Akgöl and Mevlut Dudu, was in Syria following an invitation from al-Assad.

“Almost 75 percent of the Syrian border with Turkey is under the control of al-Qeada while 25 percent of controlled by the PKK,” al-Assad told the group, according to the report. “We were not involved in the attack at the Cilvegözü border, because we are not present on that border. Al-Qeada has total control of it,” he added.

A car explosion killed 13 people at the Cilvegözü border gate last month.

The Syrian president also said that the Syrian crisis had become a “reason for existence” for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. “This crisis has an ideological dimension too. If Syria wins, they will lose. They want to make political Islam dominant in Syria, but we want to protect secularism,” al-Assad reportedly said.

The embattled leader also admitted that he is unable to control the entire country due to what he described as “terrorist incidents.” “I’m focused on the big cities. There is no problem in the western part of the country, but we encounter difficulties on the Turkish and Jordan borders,” the daily quoted him as saying.

Al-Assad also touched on the establishment of a possible Kurdish state in the region. “The chance of Kurds establishing a state has increased. Kurds in Syria and Iraq come together. The establishment of a Kurdish state is just a matter of time,” he said.

March/08/2013

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mara mcglothin

3/11/2013 8:29:01 PM

PRISONER And where might I ask do you think BLUE got his information.

The Prisoner

3/11/2013 12:19:11 AM

Assad is probably telling the truth and @Doug, I for one totally agree with @BlueDotterel and his comments. Open your eyes mate instead of believing the rubbish printed in the media.

Doug Ozbey

3/9/2013 1:15:57 AM

Wow Blue Dotterel, I've heard some rippers on HDN before but out of the recent batch of drivel, yours takes the cake surely. As for the CHP, what can you say, what a bunch of sucks.

Xir Nuk

3/8/2013 7:48:45 PM

@Blue Dotterel, Syria is the most racist Arab state in the middle east, just watch their news on TV, Syrian Arab state, Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Arab Lawyers, Syrian Arab Arab Arab Arab.. what about other minorities in Syria??, you have Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmans... ect, aren't they citizens of Syria??, just a few days ago a Syrian minister on Syrian national TV was saying there are 26 million Arabs living in Turkey, how could a man from a government come up with such a statement?

Blue Dotterel

3/8/2013 7:10:52 PM

@Xir Nuk, Assad has never said, "we are all Syrian Arabs with no distinction". Cut the lame propaganda. Syria has been the most tolerant secular state in the ME, perhaps more secular than Turkey. It also has had the highest standard of women's rights and freedoms in the Arab world. All of this will be lost if the "opposition" succeeds, as the West and GCC hope. Gaddafi's Libya was the second most secular state in the Arab world, and look at what NATO and the GCC have done to secularism there.

Turk Uzan

3/8/2013 6:34:18 PM

Haha, no offense but if you believe this nonsense you're ill informed and ignorant .. Assad is delusional, Assad and his BFF's Iran and Russia are playing a game. You would not believe how popular conspiracy theories are today. They are simply creating propaganda. And Russia's government owned and funded propaganda channel together with Iran's propaganda channel have been spreading this propaganda from the start. FSA are no Angles, but they are definitely the lesser evil

Xir Nuk

3/8/2013 2:41:19 PM

Al-Assad is against sectarianism but he wants all minorities in Syria become Arabs, we are all Syrian Arabs with no distiction, that is just ridiculous!!

Pawel Bury

3/8/2013 2:36:19 PM

Syrian Kurdistan is being born.

american american

3/8/2013 12:27:07 PM

no worries. 75% of the border is in the hands of non-terrorists.

Vargen Vargen

3/8/2013 12:06:29 PM

I dont believe him about the numbers mentioned. But it is problematic, very problematic, that the rebels do consist of a fraction of Al Qaida. It is also problematic that they yesterday kidnapped UN Peace Observers and tried to black mail Assad to give up certain areas. When terrorists are involved on the rebells side, it is impossible to provide advanced weapons, since there is an obvious risk that such weapons later will end up in the hands of terrorists. No one wants that.
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