ROME - Western and Arab governments on Thursday pledged more
political and material support for the civilian Syrian opposition and called for
an immediate halt to arms supplies to the Assad government.
statement after a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" diplomatic group in Rome
added: "The regime must immediately stop the indiscriminate bombardment against
populated areas which are crimes against humanity and cannot remain
It added: "The ministers pledged more political and material
support to the (Syrian National) coalition as the sole legitimate representative
of the Syrian people and to get more concrete assistance (into) Syria." They
gave no detail of what kind of support would be supplied.