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Assad calls for Syria dialogue

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a rare speech denounced the opposition Sunday as "slaves" of the West and called for national dialogue to draft a new charter and pave the way for legislative polls. 

Outlining a reconciliation plan aimed at resolving Syria's 21-month conflict which according to the UN has claimed more than 60,000 lives, Assad called on foreign powers to end their support for rebels seeking to topple his regime.

''Regional and international countries must stop funding the armed men to allow those displaced to return to their homes,'' Assad said to wild applause from crowds packed into the Dar al-Assad Centre for Culture and Arts in Damascus.

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