Lebanese politician Jublatt slams Assad reforms, allies

February 21, 2012 11:53


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Leading Lebanese Druse politician Walid Jumblatt on Tuesday slammed a planned reform program put forward by Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying it does not amount to much change, all-the-while criticizing Syria's allies for supporting his deadly crackdown, Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported.

Speaking after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, the head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party mocked Syria's reforms that will allow new political parties into the system as an "innovation," noting that the new parties would be similar to the Baath Party.Jumblatt also called on Syria's allies to help find an exit strategy instead of their current support for his crackdown, which rights groups say has left at least 6,000 dead.

"What a new innovation [it is] to see great powers supporting this so-called theatrical play of a referendum while [those countries] provide military, intelligence and security support for the Syrian regime ... as they repeat their rejection of foreign intervention," he said.

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