Syria decries 'conspiracy,' rejects Arab plan

EU tightens sanctions on Damascus while Russia wavers; analyst: Syrian people know Assad has no credibility left.

By OREN KESSLER
January 23, 2012 21:28
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Syrian soldiers secure checkpoint in Homs

Syrian soldiers Homs 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Syria on Monday rebuffed as a “conspiracy” an Arab League call for President Bashar Assad to step down in favor of a unity government.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers tightened sanctions against the Assad regime, while Russia offered conflicting signals as to whether it still stood by a government abandoned by all but a few stalwart allies.

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