Sunday, May 8, 2011

U.S. says it will take further action against the Syrian regime if it does not cease the repression

The White House has warned the Syrian Government to take "additional measures" unless the continued use of violence and arrests of demonstrators calling for democratic reforms in the Arab country. In a statement, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said that "Syria's deplorable acts against its people deserve a strong international response." Unless there is a "significant change" in the present attitude of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, including ending the killings of demonstrators by security forces and the arrest and harassment of activists, as well as meaningful political reform, "U.S.

and its international partners take additional steps," said Carney. In this regard, welcomes U.S. sanctions adopted by the European Union, said Carney. U.S. President Barack Obama has already signed the April 29 executive order imposing sanctions against entities and individuals of the Syrian regime.

The Damascus government, said the spokesman, "continues along the lines of its ally Iran to resort to brute force and gross violations of human rights to suppress peaceful protests." During the past two weeks, he said, "it has become abundantly clear that the safety campaign by the Syrian government and restore stability and stop the demands for change in Syria." It is also clear, he said, that "false claims of reforms', as the end of the Emergency Law while increasing arrests without warrants," nor satisfy the demands for change in Syria.

" In its statement, the spokesman paid tribute to the courage of the protesters by insisting on their right to free speech and regretted "the loss of lives on all sides." For his part, State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said in his daily press conference that the American mission in Syria is "pressuring the government to end violence against innocent citizens who are simply trying to express their aspirations for a more democratic future.

" Toner expressed "concern" of the United States for the arrest of Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, triple nationality American, Canadian and Iranian, and said he has requested consular access to the Syrian authorities. Tens of thousands of people have challenged on Friday the Syrian regime and took to the streets of several cities to demand the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, despite the military crackdown of the protests, which left over two dozen dead.

In this new day of protest called by opposition groups and named as "Friday the challenge", the demonstrations spread to many cities, but the bloodiest episodes occurred in the cities of Homs and Hama, north of Damascus.

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