Obama hopeful there can be greater consensus on Syria
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LOS CABOS, Mexico – President Obama is indicating today that meetings he held here with leaders of China and Russia have led to promising results on a consensus on Syria.
The U.S. has been frustrated that China and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, have been reluctant to put additional pressure on the Assad regime to stop its attacks on civilian populations.
“I wouldn’t suggest that at this point the United States and the rest of the international community are aligned with Russia and China in their positions, but I do think they recognize the grave dangers of all-out civil war,” the president said.
“I do not think they condone the massacres that we’ve witnessed.”
Obama’s comment come at the conclusion of the G20 summit here.
Obama says he believes that China and Russia agree that, “everybody would be better served if Syria had a mechanism for ceasing the violence and creating a legitimate government.”
But he added that, ultimately, Assad must go, saying that he doesn’t, “see a scenario in which Assad stays and violence is reduced.
“He had an opportunity with the Annan plan,” the president said.
“They did not fulfill their side of the deal. Instead we saw escalation and murder of innocent women and children.”
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