Syria's Assad warns of sectarian strife

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 8:09 AM

DAMASCUS (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 center and the coast."