U.S. accused Damascus of escalation violence
The U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner accused the Syrian government of escalation of violence, saying that their repressive actions are contrary to the agreements with the League of Arab States, ITAR-TASS reported.
"We condemn the escalation of violence in Homs, Dera'a and other cities on the eve of the arrival of the observers of LAS. We watched the horrific pictures of indiscriminate use of weapons, including the use of tanks, heard about dozens of deaths, thousands of prisoners, as well as beatings of peaceful protesters", Toner said.
"These repressive actions are contrary to the provisions of the initiative of the LAS, with which the Syrian regime agreed on November 2, the protocol on the status of an observer mission, which the regime has approved on December 19", State Department spokesman said.
"These agreements are designed to protect civilians, provide withdrawal of troops from the cities, permission to hold peaceful demonstrations, the cessation of violence by security forces, the release of political prisoners. Observers of the LAS and representatives of foreign media should be free to inform the public about developments in the country", the diplomat said.
"If the Syrian regime continues to resist the efforts of the LAS, the international community will consider other means to protect the Syrian citizens", Toner threatened.