Syria regime 'only understands violence'

2012-05-30 22:56
A building on fire from shelling in Homs province, Syria.

A building on fire from shelling in Homs province, Syria.

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Beirut - The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "only understands violence," the rebel Free Syrian Army said on Wednesday, adding that it believed the regime was on its last legs.

"The massacres the regime is committing and its use of force are proof that it is nearing its end," rebel spokesperson Colonel Qassem Saadeddine told AFP by Skype from the flashpoint central province of Homs.

The killing of at least 108 people, most of them women and children, near the town of Houla in Homs last week sparked an international outcry.

"Only violence will work with the regime, because if it were ready to comply with [UN-Arab League envoy] Kofi Annan's [peace] plan, it would have done so from the start," Saadeddine said.

"The regime has failed to respect even the first of the plan's points," he said, referring to a ceasefire that was supposed to take effect from 12 April, but which has been broken daily.

"So how can we imagine that the regime will comply to the rest of the plan?"

Annan's six-point blueprint also requires the authorities to grant access for humanitarian aid, free political prisoners, permit peaceful protests, allow foreign journalists to work freely and launch a dialogue on a political transition.

Read more on:    fsa  |  bashar al-assad  |  syria  |  syria conflict  |  uprisings

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