Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Syrian violence escalates as UN monitoring mission questioned

Syrian forces have killed dozens of civilians in the past two days, activists claimed, raising new concerns about the success of a UN peace plan.

Despite the increasing death toll, which included a reported 70 deaths on Monday, Tunisian president Moncef al-Marzouki claimed Bashar al-Assad's time as Syrian president is "finished".

"The Russians and Chinese, and the Iranians must understand that this man is finished and they cannot defend him. They must persuade him to leave power and hand over to his deputy," Marzouki told the regional Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.

Assad "will go one way or another ... dead or alive," he added.

Addressing the Syrian leader directly, he said: "It's better for you and your family to leave alive, because if you decide to leave dead, that means that you have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents. Enough blood has been shed." Read More