Syria's Assad warns of sectarian strife

by Reuters
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:06 GMT

DAMASCUS, March 30 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that Syria is the target of a "conspiracy" to sow sectarian strife, but some Syrians who have demonstrated against his rule had legitimate demands.

"We cannot say that everyone who went out (in the streets) is a conspirator. Let us be clear about that," Assad told a session of parliament, in the first public comments since protests erupted in southern Syria and spread to the centre and the coast."

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