Beirut: Syria`s president says his security forces are making gains against a 5-month-old uprising and says his government is in no danger of falling.
President Bashar Assad appeared Sunday in an interview on state-run TV. It was his fourth public appearance since the revolt against his family`s 40-year rule erupted in mid-March.
He repeated plans to introduce reforms to Syria, one of the most authoritarian states in the Middle East. He said a committee to study reforms would need at lest six months to work.
Warning against any military intervention in his country, Assad said that there will be "repercussions" to any country interfering in Syria`s affairs. He said the situation in Syria "may seem dangerous ... but in fact we are able to deal with it."
Assad also said that he expected a parliamentary election to be held in February 2012 after a series of reforms that would let political groups other than his Baath party take part.
"The expected time for having the parliamentary election is February 2012," he said during an interview broadcast on Syrian state television.