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Stepping out—US, EU calls for Syria’s Assad to step down

Stepping out—US, EU calls for Syria’s Assad to step down

Syria faces US sanctions and appeals to step down as international community calls on Syrian leader Assad to step down. Gisela Perez-Mauri reports from New York.

August 20, 2011 1:15 by



…Security Council members of “attacking the sovereignty of some member states”, after referring to the recent deployment of NATO troops in Libya and the 2003 US-and-UK-led Iraq “invasion”.

Ja’afari accused the US of launching a “humanitarian and diplomatic war” against Syria. He recalled that President Assad had issued 20 political and jurisdictional reforms since March, such as the abolishment of the emergency law and the security state tribunal.

Like President Assad, the Syrian Ambassador said that the military and police operations had stopped in the Middle East country. However, activists on the ground say that violence against demonstrators continues unabated.



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