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Clinton says Syria must reform

Friday, July 01, 2011 - 01:57

July 1 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Syria is running out of time and will face more organised resistance if it does not. Andrew Raven reports.

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The deepening violence in Syria has drawn a stern rebuke from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On Friday, Clinton renewed calls for Damscus to enact democratic reforms. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON "It is absolutely clear, that the Syrian government is running out of time. There isn't any question about that. They are either going to allow a serious political process, that will include peaceful protests take place throughout Syria and engage a productive dialogue with members of the opposition and civil society, or they going continue to see increasingly organised resistance." Activists say at least 1,300 people have been killed since anti-government protests erupted in March. The government of president Bashar al-Assad has offered some concessions to the opposition. But opponents have so far balked at anything short of a wholesale democratic reforms. That stance drew criticism Friday from Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. He said the concessions - which include some constitutional reforms - are "not frivolous" and urged the opposition to consider them seriously. Meanwhile, hundreds of people turned out on Friday to show their support for al-Assad. They carried a 1700-metre long flag and shouted slogans calling for national unity. Andrew Raven, Reuters.

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Clinton says Syria must reform

Friday, July 01, 2011 - 01:57