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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Syria comes under global reproach for crackdown

There are times when diplomacy just makes no sense, this is one of them.

If Syria will not listen to the U.N. Then what makes these countries think they will listen to them.

But everyone will try, unsuccessfully, but they will try.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime faced a chorus of global reproach Tuesday as envoys from Turkey, India, Brazil and South Africa headed to Damascus to press President Bashar Assad to end his violent crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.

The visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was significant because Turkey until recently had close ties to Damascus. But Ankara has become increasingly critical of its neighbor over the bloodshed.

Davutoglu will deliver a strong message to Damascus, Turkey's prime minister has said.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner lauded the visit and said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had spoken to Davutoglu.

"They did talk about the situation in Syria, you know, and we believe it's another opportunity to send yet another strong message to Assad that this crackdown on peaceful protesters cannot stand," Toner said Monday.

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