Saturday, April 2, 2011

White House urges Assad to take concrete reform measures

.- The White House today urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to adopt "measures and concrete steps" to fulfill their promises of reform, with demonstrations taking place in this country to demand political change and whose repression have dozens of people dead. In a statement, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, condemned violence against peaceful demonstrators and indicated that the Syrian government "has an important opportunity to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people." Al Asad has the responsibility to take prompt and concrete steps to fulfill their commitments and advance an agenda of significant reforms, "said the spokesman.

In the repression that has ended many of the demonstrations, which left several dead, the White House argues that "violence is not the answer to the complaints of the Syrian people." Instead, what is needed is a way "credible" toward greater freedom, democracy, opportunity and justice, "the statement said.

"We urge all parties to remain calm and avoid violence, and called on the Syrian Government to respect human rights and allow peaceful demonstrations," he said. According to the White House, "We condemn and deplore the use of violence against citizens who are manifested in Syria and we applaud the courage and dignity of this people." In order to avoid a repeat of the protests have intensified since 18 March, the Damascus government on Friday declared as working day, contrary to the tradition of this country and almost all nations in the region.

In the city of Deraa, in the south, where dozens of people were killed last month during political demonstrations, the situation was now calm, said a resident of that city consulted by telephone by Efe.

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