Syria: Clinton Condemns Violence Against Peaceful Protesters
The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence committed against peaceful protesters by the Syrian government, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
“We also condemn any use of violence by protesters,” she said in remarks at the State Department prior to her meeting with Haitian president-elect Michel Martelly.
The United States is calling for an end to violence in Syria, along with peaceful protests and “a political process that can respond to the legitimate needs, interests and aspirations of the people of the region,” she said.
“And we regret the loss of life and extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of all of the victims.” US officials are particularly concerned about the situation in homes, where multiple reports suggest violence and casualties among both civilians and government personnel, Clinton said.
“It is difficult to independently confirm these accounts, because journalists are not being allowed free access to many of these areas,” she said.
“The Syrian government must allow free movement and free access. It must stop the arbitrary arrests, detentions and torture of prisoners, and it must cease the violence and begin a serious political process through concrete actions to demonstrate its responsiveness to the legitimate issues that have been raised by the Syrian people seeking substantial and lasting reform”.