Thursday, August 18, 2011

Syria and Middle East unrest



“Obama calls for  Syrian

Presidente to Stepdown”

“President Obama called on Thursday for the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to leave power, and issued a new executive order providing for additional sanctions. It is the first time the United States has explicitly called for Mr. Assad’s departure from power.”

in New York Times


“World leaders call for Syrian

Presidente to quit”

“The European Union has also urged Assad to resign as Syrianleader amid the crackdown.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement that "the EU notes the complete loss of Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy in the eyes of the Syrian people and the necessity for him to step aside".

The UK prime minister David Cameron has issued a joint statement with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling on Assad to step aside "in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people."

in The Guardian



 “Profile: Syria’s Bashar al-Assad”



“Bashar al-Assad of Syria is facing a serious challenge to his rule in the form of widespread political protest across the country.”

View more in BBC News


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