Washington Condemns ``the Sharp Escalation of Regime Violence in Syria``

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Washington - (PanOrient News) The United States condemns "in the strongest possible terms" the escalation of the Syrian regime’s violent and brutal attacks on its own people, and calls on the Security Council to act and make clear to the Syrian regime that the world community views its actions as a threat to peace and security, a statement by the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said on Monday.

The statement noted that "in the past few days we have seen intensified Syrian security operations all around the country which have killed hundreds of civilians. The government has shelled civilian areas with mortars and tank fire and brought down whole buildings on top of their occupants.

The violence has escalated to the point that the Arab League has had to suspend its monitoring mission because the Syrian regime has failed to meet its commitments to the Arab League to halt its acts of violence, withdraw its military forces from residential areas, allow journalists and monitors to operate freely and release prisoners arrested because of the current unrest, Clinton said.

"The violence must end, so that a new period of democratic transition can begin."

Clinton said she will attend on Tuesday a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria "where the international community should send a clear message of support to the Syrian people: we stand with you."

The Arab League is backing a resolution that calls on the international community to support its ongoing efforts, because the status quo is unsustainable. The longer the Assad regime continues its attacks on the Syrian people and stands in the way of a peaceful transition, the greater the concern that instability will escalate and spill over throughout the region, the statement said.

Photo: Burned buildings in Homs city.

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