Assad's address to the nation would be his first since June, the Associated Press reported. The president has generally been pretty tight-lipped throughout the Syrian Civil War that began during the so-called Arab Spring about 22 months ago.
In Assad's last widely reported remarks, he told Russia Today in November, “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.”
As a result, Assad most likely will not be announcing his resignation Sunday.
An estimated 59,648 people were killed in the Syrian Civil War between March 2011 and November 2012, according to a "Preliminary Statistical Analysis of Documentation of Killings in the Syrian Arab Republic" prepared for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and released Jan. 2.