Australia expels Syrian diplomats, says other countries will too

CANBERRA Tue May 29, 2012 3:51am EDT

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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia expelled two Syrian diplomats including the chief of mission on Tuesday and said it expected other countries to take similar action as part of an international response to the massacre of civilians in the Syrian village of Houla.

"In doing this we are more or less moving with our friends around the world. I expect other countries will be doing this overnight Australian time," Carr told reporters.

The U.N. Security Council has condemned the killing of at least 108 people, including dozens of children, in Houla as the international community increases pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to do more to end the violence in his country.

Carr said Australia would expel Syria's charge d'affaires, Jawdat Ali, and one other diplomat, who have been told they must leave the country within 72 hours.

"The Syrian charge has again been advised to convey a clear message to Damascus that Australians are appalled by this massacre and we will pursue a unified international response to hold those responsible to account," he said.

"This massacre of more than 100 men, women and children in Houla was a hideous and brutal crime."

On Monday, China expressed its concern over the violence in Syria, saying it condemned the "cruel killings" in Houla, although it said peace mediator Kofi Annan's efforts remained the most viable way to end the violence.

China and Russia have previously blocked U.N. Security Council attempts to force stronger action against Damascus.

(Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Robert Birsel)

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SyriasTruth wrote:
China comments that the Kofi plan is most viable plan for peace in Syria is ridiculous!
Assad did not stop shooting , shelling, kicking in doors of families and slitting their throats for a single minute, even after agreeing to the Kofi plan. There was not a moment of ceasefire by Assad’s troops and death squads. The people of Syria are being systematiclly slaughterd by their leader Bashar Assad.

They have to fight back to protect their families, their friends.
YET-They still go unarmed into the streets to protest…asking for freedom. Assad’s troops shoot them as sport by sniper fire, by whole streets and cities being blocked to trap them…shooting them dead where they stand.

The Kofi plan never worked, not one point of the six point plan was honored by Assad. Assad has killed 2150 people since the plan was started six weeks ago….how do you say this plan is the right plan for Syria? It has just given Assad more time to kill…and Assad has done it right under the noses of all the UN observers. Assad has accelerated his assaults ..not slowed them since the Kofi plan was put in place.

China is providing cash to the Assad regime. China and Russia have blocked every humanitarian effort planned by other countries to help the Syrian people. Russia’s arms shipment docked in Syria yesterday to resupply Assad so he can continue to kill Syrians.

Assad is going to kill his way out of this conflict, kill the witnesses to his troops atrocities ordered by him. Assad’s plan to kill every single person that opposes his rule is the same as his father’s…40 years ago. His father killed 50,000 people in just 8 months, and another uncounted 125,000 over the next forty years he ruled.

The only way to stop the killing in Syria, is to get an international force together, an armed force to go into Syria as a police action to provide humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people injured and suffering. A force of many nations united. You do not need the UN approval that was vetoed by China and Russia. The nations can declare it is a rescue mission…and act together.

China, Russia and Iran….will not dare attack such a mission!

The Syrian people need help….please hear their crys!

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