Dr Bassma Kodmani
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Syria National Council: Assad inciting racial hatred

Syria's president is "working every single day to incite hatred" and "seeking to create ethnic and religious differences between communities", a senior member of the opposition has claimed.

Dr Bassma Kodmani, from the Syrian National Council, was speaking as UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan was to begin a second round of talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, she also said that the president had to stand down as a "first condition" of any negotiations between the government and opposition figures.

You can watch the Andrew Marr Show in full on the BBC iPlayer

  • 11 Mar 2012
  • From the section World
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