President Assad of Syria went on television last night (April 17th) to tell his people the fight against Israel would continue.
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Background: President Assad of Syria went on television last night (April 17th) to tell his people the fight against Israel would continue. His broadcast came on the 28th anniversary of the departure of French forces at the end of the French mandate. Mr. Assad said that despite the achievements of the October war last year, the fight would continue until all objectives are obtained. Paying tribute to the Syrians who fought to end foreign control in their country, Mr. Assad drew a parallel to those fighting today and paying the sacrifice to bring about their nation's aims. He said those aims were to bring about a peace in which there was no room for injustice, aggression or false notions.
SYNOPSIS: President Hafez al-Assad of Syria has gone on television to mark the 28th anniversary of the departure of French troops from his country. Speaking before a large audience, Mr. Assad drew parallels between the fighting at the end of the French mandate in Syria and the national spirit surrounding it, and the recent fighting against Israel.
Mr. Assad said the nation should remembers those who fell in the fighting 28 years ago as strongly as those who died in the fighting against Israel last October. He promised the fight would continue until all objectives were met.
Mr. Assad described the peace desired by Syria as a just peace in which there was no room for injustice, aggression, or false notions, but which provided fully for justice, well being and truth. Mr. Assad concluded his speech with the pledge that every sacrifice in the future would be an assertion of Syria's resolution to reach victory.