March 30, 2011
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad offered no concrete concessions in a much anticipated speech to parliament and blamed foreign enemies for plotting unrest in Syria through a series of antigovernment demonstrations over the past two weeks.
“I’m addressing you during extraordinary events; we are facing a test of our unity,” Mr. Assad said at the start of his speech Wednesday. “But we will successfully overcome it.”
Mr. Assad, to the surprise of many observers, failed to offer the government’s promised reform plans or a timetable for when any such reforms might go into effect.
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