As a bomb explosion which injured three people ripped through central Damascus next to the Palace of Justice, President Bashar al-Assad has said his government has a duty to, “eliminate terrorists”.
Assad’s comments came in an interview on Iranian state television when the president said he still believes international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan could be successful.
“Yes, that’s a good plan. We agreed with the plan because we believed in it. Especially the chapter about stopping the violence which of course, from our point of view, means a halt to criminal operations of terrorist groups and a halt to sending arms and money by the countries that support them. Of course Annan’s plan is still efficient for the time being and for the future,” he said.
An amateur video which has not been verified showed the shelling of a neighbourhood in central Homs amidst claims the fighting was continuing across the country.
UN Security Council members will meet in Geneva in an effort to end the spiralling violence. However, Assad said Syria would not accept any solution imposed from outside the country.