Syrian president addresses nation
Updated: 2011-03-30 20:29
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad addresses the parliament in Damascus in this still image taken from a video footage March 30, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
DAMASCUS- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in his address to the nation on Wednesday at the parliament that the "enemies are working systematically to undermine the country's stability."
Syria is facing "big conspiracy" and is ready to launch reforms to meet people's demand, he added.
The unprecedented protest in the country is a "test for the nation," al-Assad said.
The president's remarks come in the wake of unprecedented anti- government protests that erupted in various parts of the country particularly the southern town of Daraa.
The protests turned into clashes between protesters and security forces, which have caused deaths of some 50 people, according to official sources.
Syrian authorities have recently accused "foreign powers" of standing behind the turmoil in the country.
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