April 1, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Sunday about whether President Bashar Assad would ever adhere to a UN-sponsored peace plan to end Syria’s year of bloodshed, and urged world solidarity against a regime that she said was waging war on its own people.
Clinton told the 60 nations attending the “Friends of the Syrian People” conference in Turkey that no one could “sit back and wait any longer,” even as the United States refuses to entertain military options to intervene in the crisis. Instead, she urged unity behind a plan that includes more sanctions, humanitarian aid, support for the opposition and the promise of justice one day for the Assad regime’s willing accomplices in human rights atrocities.
“We meet at an urgent moment for Syria and the region,” Clinton said.
International pressure forced Assad to agree to U.N. mediator Kofi Annan’s proposal, which includes an immediate a cease-fire, she noted, adding that
nearly a week has gone by, and we have to conclude that the regime is adding to its long list of broken promises.”