Speaking from the presidential palace in the capital Damascus Syrian president Assad says government is winning the fight against the rebels and the situation 'is better' in war-torn country President Bashar al-Assad said talk of a Western-imposed buffer zone on Syrian territory was unrealistic and that the situation in his country 'is better', but more time is needed to win the conflict against rebels .
Assad was speaking in an interview with Syrian Addounia television, excerpts of which were broadcast by the station today.
The president, responding to rumours concerning his whereabouts since a July bombing in Damascus, said he was speaking from the presidential palace in the capital
He said: 'I believe that talk about a buffer zone is not practical, even for those countries which are playing a hostile role [against Syria].'
Neighbouring Turkey has floated the idea of a 'safe zone' to be set up for civilians under foreign protection as fighting has intensified in the 17-month-old uprising.
He said: "We are paying the price for our past and not supporting the attack on Libya."
Assad said: 'Syria is engaged in a regional and global battle....The situation, practically, is better but it has not been resolved.
'I tell the Syrian people that the fate of Syria is in their hands.'
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