Middle East Minister: Assad's speech 'hypocritical'

Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said Syrian President Bashar-al Assad's speech was both "hypocritical" and "depressing."

Mr Burt added that the Syrian President talked about reform and dialogue but neither of these were "realistic."


Assad attacks 'puppet' rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected the opposition movement in Syria as "enemies of the people, the enemies of God" and branded them "puppets" created by the West, in a rare public address in Damascus.