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Syrian President addresses nation

06-20-2011 20:32 BJT

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has addressed his nation for the third time since the eruption of the unrest that has swept the country since mid March.

In a speech in Damascus, Assad said it is a turning point for the country and the problem should be solved by its own people. He also said he would ask the Justice Ministry to study expanding a recent amnesty,but said it was important to differentiate between "saboteurs" and people with legitimate demands.

He promised to form a committee to study reform of the constitution and make recommendations within one month. The president also called on the refugees in Turkey to return as soon as possible. So far, nearly 11,000 people have fled into the neighboring country for asylum.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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