Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said he will not leave power until all his people want him to do so, calling the violence in his country a "foreign conspiracy".

In a televised address to the nation, he blamed foreign agents "trying to destabilise Syria" for the unrest that the UN and opposition activists say has killed more than 5,000 people since an uprising against his rule began in March.

"They turned to assassinations... with regional and international media coverage," he said in the capital Damascus.

"After all their attempts failed, the role of foreigners emerged."
It was Mr Assad's first speech since he agreed last month to allow Arab League monitors into his country amid the brutal crackdown by security forces on anti-regime protesters.

The under-fire leader claimed credit for inviting the monitors, who will number around 200 after their numbers are boosted in the coming days.

"I was the one who actually suggested to have the Arab League observers to come over and see what was happening in Syria," he said.

Mr Assad's remarks came after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Syria was sliding into civil war.

"The religious, sectarian and racial structure is going toward a civil war right now. This must be prevented," Erdogan said. Source