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Assad rejects external solution for crisis in Syria

29 June 2012 Last updated at 22:52 BST

Syria's president has said he will not accept any solution to his country's crisis imposed from outside, as major powers prepare to meet in Geneva.

Bashar al-Assad told Iranian television it was an "internal issue which has nothing to do with foreign countries".

No amount of foreign pressure would make his government change its policy on internal security, he added.

Meanwhile, government forces have continued to bombard the Damascus suburb of Douma and the city of Homs. Paul Wood reports.