Friday, February 18, 2011

U.S. urges restraint and that the perpetrators are punished

The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the Government of Bahrain "deep concern" over the violent suppression of protests, and called for calm and containment. The U.S. diplomat spoke by telephone with Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa to "express their deep concern," said official sources at NBC and ABC.

He also called on the Government of Bahrain to fulfill its commitments and punish those officers who have used violence against peaceful demonstrators. Since the outbreak of public protests in Bahrain three protesters were killed and over 200 were injured in the brutal police raids. The Government of Bahrain is willing to discuss possible political reforms but first have to agree the various opposition parties said today the deputy speaker of parliament, Adel al Moauda.

In this sense, Clinton spoke with his counterpart from Bahrain's "efforts to undertake political and economic reforms to meet the demands of citizens." According to CNN, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also reportedly called officials from Bahrain, a small kingdom of 727 square kilometers located in the Persian Gulf is the scene from last Monday of a series of protests in Manama and other cities the country demanding political reform and better living conditions.

The demands include the requirement that the constitutional monarchy of Bahrain not only remain on paper, but should apply to the facts and that Parliament will assume its functions. Bahrain hosts the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. in October 2010 designated that country as a major non-NATO ally, according to CNN.

Formed the basis for U.S. military operations in the first Gulf War and Washington is guaranteed the right to deposit in advance material in Bahrain in the face of possible future crises.

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