Clinton says Syria may face 'serious consequences'

ISTANBUL - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged members of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government on Sunday to halt operations targeting civilians, or face "serious consequences".
"Our message must be clear to those who give the orders and those who carry them out: Stop killing your fellow citizens or you will face serious consequences," Clinton said in prepared remarks at a conference on the Syrian conflict in Istanbul.
Clinton said the United States was providing communications equipment to Syria's civilian opposition. She added that despite accepting a new peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, Assad's government appeared to have broken its promises.
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