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US Steps Up Pressure On Syrian President

Aug 13, 2011 3:19:22 PM - thesundayleader.lk

US US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged other nations to step up pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, to curtail his government’s brutal crackdown on protests.

By Dinouk Colombage
In a media interview, Clinton urged both China and India to refrain from selling energy to Syria. She also called on Russia to halt the sale of arms to Damascus as the US looks to exert further pressure on al-Assad.
These renewed efforts on the part of the US has come following allegations that Syrian forces had killed eleven people during raids in the country’s Sunni tribal heartland near the Lebanon border.
Activists have further accused government forces of shooting down a man who attempted to flee security forces who were arresting residents in Damascus. However, the absence of foreign journalists in the country means that these reports cannot be verified.
Clinton went further by expressing America’s view that Assad’s actions had cost his presidency its legitimacy. She called on the rest of the world to join the US’ opposition to the Assad regime claiming that the sole opposition by America would not be enough to enforce any change.