BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad will give an interview to Syrian
television on Sunday, state media said, as a UN team arrived in Damascus to
assess humanitarian needs after five months of turmoil.
interview, only his fourth televised appearance since an uprising erupted
against his rule, will address "the current situation in Syria, the reform
process and ... implications of the US and Western pressures on Syria
politically and economically".
Assad last spoke in public in June. He
said he would introduce reforms within months to address the wave of protests
sweeping Syria, but blamed saboteurs for the violence and warned that no deal
could be reached with gunmen.