Bashar Al Assad Says No to Reforms

President Bashar Al-Assad declared on June 20, he is reluctant to reform Syria under the current "chaos" but said dialogue could lead to a new constitution.

The Syrian president said in a speech at Damascus University, that Syria is going through a turning point during these difficult days.

He said a "national dialogue" could lead to a new constitution and possible elections with an end to the ruling Baath party's dominance.

This is the third speech President Al Assad gave since the protests broke out in March.

His speech was cheered from among those invited in the audience, this was said to encourage Russian to block Western moves against him at the United Nations.

Meanwhile, western leaders have been persistent for reform in Syria. European foreign ministers are concerned that Russia would use its veto in the UN Security Council. A meeting was held in Luxembourg to discuss sanctions against Al Assad's government.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that if any Security Council permanent member threatened to veto the Western draft then "that should be on their conscience."

According to a Human Rights report, the violence has so far reached 1,310 civilians and 341 security force members.

Speaker:

David Cameron, British Prime Minister
Bashar Al Assad, Syrian President.

Voice:
Saed Kamal

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