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Clinton condemns attacks on Syrian protesters

Clinton condemns attacks on Syrian protesters
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:53am

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is disheartened by reports that security forces and government-organized thugs attacked protesters in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Speaking Friday at an international democracy conference in Lithuania, Clinton said that President Bashar Assad's regime wasn't sending a coherent message.

On the one hand, it allowed an opposition meeting in Damascus this week. Yet it has pressed on militarily in the north.

Clinton says a single meeting doesn't amount to a serious effort toward democracy. She says Assad's government is running out of time. It must advance a serious political process or face increased resistance.

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