Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister "Faisal al-Miqdad" , in an interview with "CNN", said that the Syrian opposition " rejects democracy" and is " afraid of what people want " , ruling out the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad , saying that the captain of the ship can't leave it when there is a turbulent storm .
Miqdad said in an exclusive interview to CNN in Damascus , " I think that the opposition lives in a different era , these people come from the Middle Ages . They are against democracy and elections , as they are against our territorial integrity and the unity of the Syrian people . The captain can't abandon his ship when sailing in the depths of the sea ".
Responding to a question about the possibilityof al-Assad stepping down during " Geneva -2 " conference, Miqdad said " we are ready to talk about any subject, but we can't leave a vacuum in Syria that could cause disintegrating the country and spreading chaos everywhere , and our decision is to put everything that we agree upon for referendum in front of the Syrian people , because the Syrian people is the owner of the final decision of the whole process ".
About the opposition questioning the credibility of such a referendum , Miqdad said " they ( the opposition ) are afraid of the people and his decision . They know they suffer isolation and that Syrian people isn't with them ".
Regarding the opposition's demands which it claims " fair and logical " in order to participate in the conference , such as releasing political prisoners and allowing humanitarian aid to the besieged areas , Miqdad said " we must discuss these issues and put the finishing touches in the context of maintaining spirit of the law and order in the country ".
He concluded by saying " regarding the humanitarian aid .. Terrorist groups that prevented the United Nations from entering these areas must be blamed".