Clinton: Syria must remove Assad, pursue rule of law

By REUTERS
December 6, 2011 17:41

 
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GENEVA - Syrians must not only remove President Bashar Assad but also advance towards the rule of law, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

"A democratic transition includes more than removing the Assad regime. It means setting Syria on the path of the rule of law and protecting the universal rights of all citizens regardless of sect or ethnicity or gender," Clinton said as she began a meeting with Syrian opposition members in Geneva.

She said the opposition understood that Syrian minorities needed to be reassured that they would be better off "under a regime of tolerance and freedom".

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