British minister condemns attacks on embassies in Syria

July 12, 2011 14:15


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British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has condemned the attacks on the US and French embassies in Syria in an official statement, saying "Syrian authorities have failed to discharge their responsibility under international law to protect diplomatic missions...The damage done to the US and French missions is clearly intended as a response to the visit to Hama late last week by their Ambassadors in Syria. I reassert the right under international law of all diplomats to freedom of movement." 

Crowds loyal to Assad attacked the US and French embassies in Damascus on Monday, three days after the French and US ambassadors visited the city of Hama in a show of support for pro-democracy protests.

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