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Talk gets tougher on Syrian President's position

Talk gets tougher on Syrian President's position
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The United States and European Union have called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, marking a tougher stance on the killing of protesters.

As ambassadors from Britain, France, Portugal and Germany met at the United Nations, they made it clear the violence has to stop.

Philip Parham UK Ambassador to the UN, said: “We will be working on a Security Council resolution which will include measures to apply pressure to those who are responsible.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reinforced America’s robust condemnation of the attacks on Syrian citizens.

“Assad is standing in their way,” she said. “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for him to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves and that is what we will continue to work to achieve.”

The Syrian leader is still trying to persuade the world that military and police operations have stopped, showing footage on state television of peace in the port city of Latakia. However, there are reports that a mosque in Latakia was surrounded by security forces, and raids are still being carried out in other areas like Homs, where it is reported another man was killed on Thursday.