Beirut:Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned against military intervention in his country, saying there will be "repercussions" to any country interfering in Syria's affairs.

He appeared Monday 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 least six months to work properly.

He said the situation in Syria "may seem dangerous but in fact we are able to deal with it."