Syria will be better off without Assad: US

Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:29

Washington: Reiterating that Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule, the
White House has said that Syria will be better off without
him.

"We believe that a transition needs to take place in
Syria and that Syria will be better off without President
Assad. And we support those who are seeking a peaceful
transition in Syria," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
said.

Carney that President Assad`s opportunity to lead the
transition has passed.

"We support those in Syria who are seeking a peaceful
transition to a more democratic and brighter future in Syria,"
he said.

The Administration, he said, has acted aggressively to isolate the Syrian government and figures within it through financial measures.

"We continue to ratchet up the pressure on the Syrian
regime, on the Assad regime with our international partners,
as I said yesterday. I don`t want to get ahead of anything
else right now," he said.

The State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said
the focus is on increasing the chorus of condemnation
internationally against him and taking firm action to increase
the pressure.

"That’s why we issued more sanctions yesterday.

“Our focus is on working with our European partners, our
other partners around the world, including in his
neighborhood, and particularly encouraging those who are still
trading with Syria, particularly in the oil and gas sector .
Russia is still sending arms to Syria to stop so that the
pinch will be felt and none of the revenue from this can go to
fueling this violence," she said.

While it is for the Syrian people to take a decision on
their leader, Nuland said America`s focus is on doing what it
can to increase the international pressure on him, to support
those who want a democratic future for Syria.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:29

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