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."

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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.