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Monday
Sep102012

Hillary Clinton Charges Russia Still Wrong on Syrian Issue

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As much as the Obama administration has dismissed Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia still poses a threat to U.S. national security, the White House remains clearly unhappy with Moscow's refusal to go along with the tough medicine the United Nations has proposed to solve the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The UN wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to agree to step down from power as part of any peace plan to end the 18-month-long conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

That's a non-starter for Moscow, which still regards al-Assad as a close ally. So when Russia again brought up its plan that calls for a ceasefire and political transition during the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Vladivostok, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't hold back Sunday on what the U.S. thinks of the proposal.

Clinton, who was also at the Apec summit, asserted, "There is no point to passing a resolution with no teeth because we've seen time and time again that Assad will ignore it and keep attacking his own people."

Admitting that Washington and Moscow may never agree on the most effective way to end the conflict, Clinton added that the U.S. would "work with like-minded states to support a Syrian opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls, and to help prepare Syria for a democratic future and help it get back on its feet."

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