Syrian president addresses nation

Updated: 2011-03-30 20:29


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

Syrian president addresses nation
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."

Related readings:
Syrian president addresses nationSyria awaits key speech from Assad 
Syrian president addresses nationSyria ends 48-year-long emergency law 
Syrian president addresses nationAt least 37 killed during clashes in Syria 
Syrian president addresses nationVisit of Iranian ships to Syria within normal co-op 

"We confess their smartness in choosing the manners and time, but also we confess their stupidity in choosing the country," al- Assad said.

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.


Rise and shine

The Chinese solar energy industry is heating up following recent setbacks in the nuclear sector

Preview of the coming issue
Bombs aim for regime change
CSI, with a twist

European Edition


The queen of panda cubs

Spanish Queen Sofia laughs as she plays with a panda.

London's Olympic Stadium

Construction on the flagship stadium for the 2012 London Olympics was completed Tuesday.

Donkey-powered Land Rover

Two donkeys pull a broken-down Land Rover in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

Beloved polar bear died
Panic buying of salt
'Super moon'