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Wednesday, June 14, 2006 

Khaddam: 'I'm not corrupt'

Former Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam has been interviewed on the BBC's Hardtalk.

He insisted that he does have support inside Syria. The interviewer told him that Syrians laugh at his claims of support, suggesting that he is corrupt, and has profitted just as much as the government members he criticises.

'I am not corrupt,' came his reply. 'I have worked since 1958. My youngest son has worked for 20 years. They live comfortably and honourably.'

The interviewer pushed him again and again on his flat in Paris. Where did he get that from? From his decades-long theft from Lebanon? 'Hariri was a friend of Syria,' Khaddam volunteered, showing his ineptitude as a politician - the interviewer had not mentioned Hariri. 'Hariri was Syria's Foreign Minister, he went on many missions on Syria's behalf, he served Syria and he served Lebanon'.

Khaddam was also challenged on his lack of international support. 'I am talking to some international institutions to make them aware of the suffering of the Syrian people,' he said.

No support inside Syria, no support outside Syria.

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