Syria's Assad - Referendum on national charter
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.
Mr Assad also set out a plan involving a national dialogue conference and a referendum on a national charter.
He said Syria "accepts advice but does not accept submission", adding that "anything agreed inside Syria or outside Syria should be based on the decision of the people".
06 Jan 2013
- From the section Middle East