Friday, August 19, 2011

U.S. and EU demand Assad to withdraw

The U.S. government and the European Union have called on Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Thursday for the first time explicitly to resign. President Barack Obama at the same time imposed by decree sharp financial and economic sanctions against the Syrian government.

Before the start of a hearing-Syria in the UN Security Council disseminated the White House, the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as well as the governments of Germany, France and Britain agreed statements in which they are calling on Assad because of the violence against political opponents to resign.

In Geneva, the UN published a report on human rights violations in Syria, was to present the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the Security Council in New York. Accordingly, the High Commissioner has the names of 1,900 civilians were reportedly killed between mid-March and mid July in Syria.

The "wide-scale and systematic attack against any civilian population" in Syria "could as a crime against humanity to be cheap," says the report. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent a message in a telephone conversation, President Assad had told him on Wednesday evening, the police and military actions in Syria had been terminated.

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