Saturday, August 13, 2011

Syria: Hillary Clinton calls for further sanctions

Hillary Clinton has called for a wider front against the regime in Syria and its brutal crackdown on demonstrators. This was especially true in case of sanctions against the oil and gas industry, Clinton said on Thursday evening in an interview with CBS.

Especially India and China have invested heavily in the Syrian energy sector. "And we want to see that Russia stops selling weapons to the Assad regime." Clinton also stressed the need for an organized opposition in Syria. "These are available but not currently," said U.S. Secretary of State.

The United States was trying to support a consolidation of the opposition front. America's President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Thursday evening in a telephone call, meanwhile expressed concern over the situation in Syria. According to the White House brought both leaders on Thursday its "deep concern" over the continued violence against civilians, the government expressed.

As it was also agreed Obama and Erdogan, the further actions of the Syrian government "follow closely" and closely in the coming days to deny. This week, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had tried in vain to dissuade the neighboring country of Syria Bashar al Assad, the local president of the violence against regime opponents.

Obama's spokesman Jay Carney reiterated the American position that Assad had lost its "legitimacy" of "and that Syria would be a much better place without him." Obama, in criticizing Assad has not been explicitly called for the resignation. According to unconfirmed media reports, but that could change soon.

According to the BBC's, which relies on Syrian human rights activists, the Syrian army has killed at least 24 people on Thursday in different parts of the country.

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