U.S. dismisses Assad speech, says he must step aside to allow transition

WASHINGTON Sun Jan 6, 2013 3:57pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department dismissed a speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday as a meaningless attempt to retain power in his war-torn country and urged the beleaguered strongman to step down.

Assad's speech "is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people's goal of a political transition," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in a statement.

"His initiative is detached from reality, undermines the efforts of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people," she added, and repeated longstanding U.S. calls for Assad to step down. (Reporting By Paul Eckert; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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mcanterel wrote:
Just imagine that: the president of India telling the US President he must step down for the good of his nation, and for not undermining the work of a Special envoy!

Where on earth do these criminals (imperialists like the US, colonizers like France, and geriatric dictators like Ibn Saud, all in the same combat) get their humour from?

Now we know where the Syrian traitors in Doha and Istanbul get their cue lines from: just like clockwork, they repeated the UK, US, France, and Turkish stand on their country’s agression

Jan 07, 2013 8:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
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