Obama: Assad must lead Syria democratic transition or ‘get out of the way’

In a broad speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa amid upheaval in the Arab world, President Obama on May 19 said that Syria’s brutal crackdown on pro-reform activists is unacceptable.  He said Assad could no longer rule through repression and must change course if he wants international acceptance.

Turkey has appealed for more time to be accorded Syrian President al Assad to end the violence and pursue reforms.  It would appear that there has been some coordination on this message between Turkey and the U.S.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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