Ambassador Rice Delivers Remarks on the Situation in Syria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 27, 2011

Ambassador Susan Rice delivered remarks on the situation in Syria, at the UN Security Council Stakeout on April 26, 2011. She said, "...The brutal violence being used by the Government of Syria against its own people is abhorrent and deplorable, and the United States condemns it in the strongest terms. The outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end -- and now."

Ambassador Rice continued, "...The Syrian Government's actions to repeal the decade's old emergency law and allow for peaceful demonstrations were clearly not serious, given the continued violent repression against protesters. The United States is currently pursuing a range of possible policy options, including additional targeted sanctions, to respond to the crackdown and make clear that this behavior is unacceptable.

"The Syrian people's call for freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and to choose their leaders freely must be heard. We strongly oppose the Syrian government's treatment of its citizens and we continue to oppose its continued destabilizing behavior more generally -- including support for terrorism and terrorist groups. Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is disingenuously blaming outsiders, while at the same time seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens, through the same brutal tactics that have been used by the Iranian regime. The United States will continue to stand up for democracy and respect for human rights, the universal rights that all human beings deserve in Syria and around the world."

You can view Ambassador Rice's complete remarks here.

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required79
April 28, 2011

W.W. writes:

Hello Ambassador Rice : As I kept wiriting over and over again

A TEO Naked King Is in Syria Killing his population.

Involving Brics Military for SYria

War On Islam ...

LibYa : Democratic election must be Guaranteed By western society leaving to libyan citizen the opportunity to Vote for Barabbas

ahmad z.
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Jordan
April 27, 2011

Ahmad Z. in Jordan writes:

I thank the United States of America for their interest in Arab affairs, headed by U.S. President
Thank you

Fawaz E.
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United States
April 28, 2011

Fawaz E. in the U.S.A. writes:

Syrian President Bashar Assad had decided to follow the footsteps of his father, Hafez, who was responsible, along with the Baath party for the genocide committed in City of HAMMAH in 1982, at a time when the international community stood idle watching this war crime been committed, without taking a single initiative to stop it. This regime is also responsible for many other atrocities, and for imposing the emergency law, that has been in effect since 1963, authorizing the detention of political dissidents. When the editor of well known Lebanese magazine,” Al Hawadeth”, Salim Louzi , in the early eighties decided to write articles in his magazine to criticize Syria’s policies and human rights record, he was also butchered, by decapitation .

Let us not forget, the assassination of PM Rafic Harirri and number of his colleagues and politicians.

People of Syria as we speak, have been massacred simply because they are demanding freedom. Civilians who have trying to buy bread for their families in Jableh or homos, have been shot. Activists who are caught with cellular phone or computers have been imprisoned and tortured some tortured and beaten to death. To add insult to injury, the regime is not allowing any westerners or Arab media to enter the county, so no one has any record of their atrocities.

Are we going to allow the same crime to take place this time around in our modern history? Are we going to permit this authoritarian, regime to deliberately send snipers from its select, elite special forces that was primarily formed to protect the regime, to murder its own, unarmed citizens?

I realize that this regime has been serving our interest in the region in terms of stability, for over forty years, however these arrangement had proven to be very costly to our national interest. Syria had supported Hisbullah, and many other rogue terrorist groups such The Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine/ General Command, Fateh Al- Islam, and many others, aiming at destablizing Lebanon, and the whole region , and gaining political ground, to further its own political influence in the region.

I urge you to take action to stop the slaughter, by writing to the state department and the White House.

I applaud our effort, to privatively ask the Syrian government to halt the slaughter, but that is not enough. We must take tougher stand to support the people's universal right of freedom. We ought to extend our support to the anti-government groups covertly, and furthermore expose this regime, perhaps we could better serve our interest by forging alliances with the people of Syria, in that important part of the world.

God Bless,
Fawaz E.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
April 28, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

If this keeps up, the Arab league will have to boot out so many of its members for being idiots on the rampage, the remainder won't be able to hold a quoram to achieve consensus on sanity...

Khaldoon A.
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Wisconsin, USA
April 28, 2011

Khaldoon A. in Wisconsin writes:

Secretary Rice statement that the Syrian regime has been seeking help from the Iranian is misguided and might help the Syrian regime in its effort to instigate sectarian division in the country.

The brutality of the Syrian regime has already surpassed the Iranian regime qualitatively and quantitatively, the number of people killed injured or arrested in Daraa alone is more than the Iranian uprising, and I find it difficult to believe that the Syrian regime needs any help to suppress its own people, the Syrian regime has been practicing oppression and violence against its own people for the last 40 years.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
April 28, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Kaldoon A. in Wisconsin,

Aside from whatever intel avail. to the Sec. of State that leads her to make such a public statement, how do you figure this plays into Syria's intent to "instigate sectarian division", and why would they be interested in destabilizing themselves by doing so?

Agreed, the way they have repressed dissent is a crime against humanity in the making as we be witness to it, but after 31 years of practice, the Iranian leadership has perfected the art of repressing its people to the point where any dissent is declared to be "warring with God."

Would you be assesing the numbers to be found in the yet undetermined number of mass graves throughout Iran dug since this ideological nighmare came into being back in '79?

One could compare the qualitative merits of cowpies and horse droppings and they'd still smell pretty much the same.

What the Secretary might be refering to is a triggering of whatever bilateral mutual defense arrangements Iran and Syria might have with each other, and how that is becoming manifest.

Best regards,

EJ

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