60,000 Dead in Syria In Rare Speech, Assad Rejects Dialogue With Syria 'Puppet' Opposition

Syrian president makes first public appearance since November, calls for a reconciliation conference with 'those who haven't betrayed Syria', says rebels fighting to overthrow his regime are 'criminals' who harbor al-Qaida's extremist ideology.

Syrian President Bashar Assad announced what he described as a peace plan on Sunday, calling for a reconciliation conference with "those who have not betrayed Syria", to be followed by the formation of a new government and an amnesty.