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Syria not abiding by UN peace plan, says US

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2012-05-04

The White House on Thursday accused the Syrian regime of "making no effort" to abide by a UN-backed peace plan following a raid on student protests that left four students dead at Aleppo University.

AFP - The White House has accused the Syrian government of failing to abide by a UN-backed peace plan and condemned a raid on a university in the northern city of Aleppo that left four students dead.

"We continue to hope that the Annan plan succeeds, and we are working to support it in every way possible," spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday, referring to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's plan to stem the bloodshed.

"However, it is clear, and we will not deny, that the plan has not been succeeding thus far and that the regime (of President Bashar al-Assad) has made no effort to take any of the steps required," he said.

"If the regime's intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat and work to address the serious threat to peace and stability being perpetrated by the Assad regime."

The White House also condemned Thursday's raid on Aleppo University, in which four students were killed as troops and armed supporters stormed dormitories following a campus demonstration, according to a rights group.

"We do condemn the raid overnight of a peaceful student protest in Aleppo that was met with live gunfire, beatings, and the arrests of scores of people," Carney told reporters.

"These kinds of acts, which are now routine, laid bare this regime's illegitimacy, and they underscore the urgent need for a political transition."

Syria has been carrying out a vicious crackdown on a popular revolt against the Assad family's 40-year rule. The demonstrations broke out in March 2011 and were inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

The violence has not let up despite the ceasefire, which went into effect on April 12 as part of a peace plan put forth by Annan and supported by the UN Security Council.

The United Nations has accused both government forces and armed rebel groups of failing to abide by the plan.

 

Date created : 2012-05-04

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