February 24th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

Nations want 'tsunami wave' of pressure on al-Assad

By Elise Labott

World powers meeting Friday in Tunisia called for a political solution in Syria and what one diplomat called a "tsunami wave" of pressure to peel away internal support for the embattled regime of Bashar al-Assad.

"We agreed on increasing the pressure on Assad, getting humanitarian aid in as quickly as possible and preparing for a democratic transition," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters. "That was my message, and that was the message of the chairman statement that reflected the consensus reached here."

That consensus was reached during a day of meetings by the "Friends of Syria" in the cradle of the Arab Spring, where participants laid out the groundwork for a political transition in Syria, not unlike the international planning that preceded the changes in Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled last year.

Representatives of dozens of countries and entities developed a plan to deliver immediate humanitarian aid, to give political legitimacy to the Syrian opposition and to endorse the idea of a joint Arab-U.N. peacekeeping force.

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soundoff (9 Responses)

    al alssad PEACEFULLY step away from all this CONFLICT

    February 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  2. mipolitic

    turn the channel , sadly there will be very limited effort by any nation to do anything since obama said no.

    putin , assad , along with the threat of an iran with nuke are ruling the entire region, if obama does not confront iran very soon turkey will fall into deep ties with iran under the fear of iranian retaliation.

    the entire region is coming apart fast because of the iranian nukes

    February 25, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • mippi

      how much do they pay a idf private now days? is that what you are?

      February 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply

    killing of innocent lives stil going on daily, n assad stil in power, wat a waste.

    February 25, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply
  4. unclesam

    the issue is islam

    February 25, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply

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