Mahmud also said that the besieged protest epicenter Daraa is not in need of any kind of supplies, adding that "we notified the UN that there is no need for any aid in Daraa."
Bashar Assad's regime will likely survive despite some foreign efforts to capitalize on domestic Syrian problems.
One editor of a major Syrian newspaper expressed sentiments that one hears from other Syrian officials and citizens alike: "We know we must change and please believe me when I say we want change more than you know. We have made mistakes. If our brothers and sisters who are overwhelmingly Syrian patriots will work with us and not turn to anarchy we can bring the change that all of us demand without more delay."