Assad says Syria to study constitutional reform

President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday he would form a committee to study reforming Syria's constitution...

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Picture: AFP

President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday he would form a committee to study reforming Syria's constitution, saying it would make recommendations within a month.

In a speech at Damascus University, Assad also urged thousands of refugees who fled the unrest in northern Syria to neighbouring Turkey to return as soon as possible, but said that no political solution was possible with people who bear arms.