Gates: Assad's legitimacy open to question after killings

By REUTERS
June 10, 2011 12:44

 
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BRUSSELS - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday the legitimacy of the rule of Syrian President BasharAssad was open to question after the killing of protesters by security forces.

"I would say the slaughter of innocent lives in Syria should be a problem and a concern for everybody," Gates told a seminar in Brussels.

"Whether Assad still has the legitimacy to govern his own country, I think is a question everyone needs to consider," he said.

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