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A Syrian woman who fled from the violence in her village, carries a water bucket on her head at a displaced camp, in the Syrian village of Atma, near the Turkish border with Syria. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Khalil Hamra, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

A Syrian girl who fled with her family from the violence in their village, plays with other children at a displaced camp, in the Syrian village of Atma, near the Turkish border with Syria. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Khalil Hamra, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

Syrian president says he will not leave country

  • Associated Press
  • November 8, 2012 - 5:03 AM

BEIRUT - Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad says he will not leave his country.

In an interview with Russia TV, Assad said he will `live and die' in Syria.

His comments come two days after British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that would guarantee an end to the nation's civil war.

Assad spoke in English with Russia Today TV. Excerpts of the interview were posted on the TV station's website on Thursday, with an Arabic voiceover.

Assad says he is not a puppet of the West.

He says: "I am Syrian, made in Syria, and I will live and die in Syria."

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