Syria's Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents in TV address

Sunday, 06 January 2013 - 19:43


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West".


He lamented the suffering of the people in the civil war, saying a "black cloud" of pain engulfed every corner.


Assad also set out a plan involving a national dialogue conference and a referendum on a national charter.


The UN estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising, which began in March 2011.