Six writers and intellectuals, including Nobel Award-winning writer Orhan Pamuk have penned an open letter to Syrian President Assad requesting his resignation. The letter warns that if Assad does not choose to resign of his own accord, he may be faced with a fate similar to that of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein or that o former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The French daily Liberation published the letter yesterday in which Orhan Pamuk is joined by Israeli author David Grossman, Italian author Claudio Magris, Algerian author Bualem Sansal, German author Martin Walser and French writer and political scientist Alfred Grosser in an appeal to Assad to either resign for the sake of the Syrian public or call on the conflicting sides to convene for negotiations under the roof of the United Nations.
The letter states, "Like Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, you can also negotiate your exit from Syria with your family. If Russia and China refuse to welcome you go to Algeria. Algerians have a strong memory. They will remember that Syria once gave refuge to their national hero Emir Abdelkader, when he was defeated by France and went to Syria, accompanied by thousands of Algerians."
The six acclaimed writers and intellectuals urged Assad to acknowledge that the only solution that remains for Assad himself as well as the entire world is his resignation. "Other than resignation, there will be just one road that remains and that will be a death similar to what happened to Saddam or Gaddafi. Or life imprisonment in a cell at the Hague."
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