US: Bashar Has Lost Legitimacy

In the UN headquarters in New York, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has lost any legitimacy to lead, adding that she will continue to press for an end to violence against Syrian civilians on August 10.

"The behavior of Assad is absolutely unacceptable. He has lost any legitimacy to lead." She added, "It would be much, much better for the people of Syria and Syria would be better off without Assad. And we are looking to the future and we are looking to lend support to the people of Syria who have the same aspirations for freedom and democracy that we've seen in so many other parts of the world. I am loathe to predict how exactly the council may respond in the future. I think council members have been moved by what they have seen of late and the intensifying and horrific violence against civilians. But we've also been frustrated, quite candidly, that it has taken the council as long as it has to be able to speak with one voice. And we think that it is past time for all council members to put the interests of the Syrian people, rather than particular bilateral issues or interests, at the forefront of their action and for the council to continue as it did last week with our strong support to deliver a very strong message that what is happening in Syria is unacceptable and it needs to be stopped," said Rice.

More than 1,600 people have been estimated dead by human rights activists since the pro-democracy demonstrations began in March putting pressure on the United States to intervene.

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