European countries expel Syrian diplomats in response to Houla massacre

European countries expel Syrian diplomats in response to Houla massacre

Damascus : Syria | May 29, 2012 at 7:12 AM PDT
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The United Nations together with the international community has condemned the massacre in Houla with more than 100 men, women and children murdered. Kofi Annan spoke on Tuesday on behalf of Western Nations in protest of hideous crime. Annan together with the United nations and the Arab League devised a peace plan to end the 14-month Syrian Revolution against the Assad regime, but after six weeks there is little to show for its value or impact on Assad, according to a Reuters report.

"Bashar al-Assad is the murderer of his people," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Le Monde. "He must relinquish power. The sooner the better." His Australian counterpart Bob Carr said: "This massacre of more than 100 men, women and children in Houla was a hideous and brutal crime."

France, Britain, Canada, Germany Italy, Spain and Australia say they are expelling Syrian diplomats, envoys and ambassadors from their countries in coordination with the United States further isolating President Assad’s regime.

The killings in Houla drew outrage with reports of entire families be shot in their homes.

The killings in Houla drew a chorus of powerful condemnation from around the world, with the United Nations saying entire families had been shot dead in their homes.

Italy and Spain have issued messages to the Syrian ambassadors to leave their county immediately. Other European countries are expected to join in the protest against the senseless killing of civilians.

Assad's government late on Monday denied having anything to do with the deaths, or even having heavy weapons in the area.

Western countries that have called for Assad to step down were hoping that the Houla killings would tip global opinion, notably that of Syria's main protector Russia, towards more effective action against Damascus.

Survivors and witnesses reported the horror of the victims who died as executions were carred out by by pro-grovernment “shabbiha” militiamen in the village of Taldaou last Friday, U.N. rights spokesman Rupert Colville told Reuters.

"It is believed at this point, and I would stress we are at very preliminary stages, that under 20 of the 108 can be attributed to artillery and tank fire," he added.

"What is very clear is that this was an absolutely abominable event that took place in Houla, and at least a substantial part of it were summary executions of civilians - women and children," he said.

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U.N. Representative Kofi Annan and the Arab League to meet with Assad May 29, 2012 to protest the massacre of civilians last Friday.
Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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