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Bashar al-Assad declares: 'We will win in Syria'
Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has defiantly declared that the war against rebels will not see him ousted from power.Photo: Reuters
As-Safir, a pro-Damascus Lebanese daily, reported on Monday that he also told unnamed visiting Lebanese politicians that the future of Syria "is ours".
"We are sure we will win, we are reassured by the political and military developments," he reportedly said.
"That does not mean everything is settled, we still have a lot to do politically and in the battle against extremist terrorist groups.
"We are convinced that the future is ours. Syria has the willpower to defeat the conspiracy," said Assad.
The latest movement of the rebels has seen them turn their attention to northern Syria, attacking airports in a bid to capture large stocks of ammunition from regime forces.
This has seen European foreign ministers debate whether to ease the arms embargo so military aid can be channelled to the rebels.
An EU official, who wished to remain anonymous, said Britain is lobbying to ease the embargo so armaments could flow. However several foreign ministers are thought to have said prior to the meeting that they oppose the suggestion.
In a statement, the Foreign Office did not clarify whether the UK wanted the embargo altered and that the primary concern is to find a diplomatic solution:
"The UK believes international action so far has fallen short.
"In the absence of a diplomatic breakthrough, it is right that we continue to consider all options to protect civilians and to assist the National Coalition and other opposition groups opposed to extremism."
Meanwhile, former United Nations prosecutor Carla del Ponte has questioned the International Criminal Court and insisted they should be called in to probe the war crimes.
"The international community – and the UN security council – must take the decision to refer this to justice.
"We suggest the International Criminal Court. We can't decide, but we are pressuring the international community to act, because it's time to."
The UN says nearly 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt began in March 2011.