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Statement by Senators McCain, Lieberman, Graham on Syria


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement regarding the situation in Syria:

"We are alarmed and outraged by the pre-Ramadan assault on the Syrian cities of Hama, Deir Al Zour, and Dera'a by Bashar al Assad's forces. The use of military units, including tanks, against peaceful civilian protesters again demonstrates the barbarity of the Assad regime and its determination not to cede any meaningful power to the Syrian people. It has been more than two months since President Obama said that Assad had a choice -- either lead a transition to democracy or get out of the way. It is beyond any shred of doubt that Assad and his regime are unwilling to reform and intend to use violence to beat the Syrian people into submission. We urge the Obama Administration, together with the European Union, Turkey, and other international partners, to demand Assad leave power and to mobilize the full diplomatic and economic weight of the community of nations to support the Syrian people in establishing the real transition to democracy that they seek in their country.

"Nineteen years ago, Hama was the scene of one of the worst massacres in modern Middle Eastern history, perpetrated by Bashar al Assad's father. The United States and our allies cannot allow this history to repeat itself in Syria today."

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