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U.N. meets to discuss Syria amid reports of new massacre

Democratic Syria Impossible with Assad, Clinton says.

International mediator Kofi Annan was due to brief the United Nations on Thursday as world powers seek ways to pile on pressure against the Syrian regime amid new reports of a massacre, CNN reports.Annan – the international envoy to Syria – was to address separate meetings of the U.N. General Assembly and the Security Council in New York. The council comprises 15 countries while the assembly is made up of 193 members of the United Nations.Both meetings will focus on the escalating crisis in Syria in the wake of reports of massacres within weeks of each other.Opposition activists accused forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of killing 78 people in a tiny village in Hama province Wednesday. Regime forces pummeled the village north of Damascus with tank shells before militias on foot used knives, guns and AK-47s to kill residents, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria. More than half of those killed were women and children, according to a local activist evacuated bodies. Two weeks ago, a massacre in Houla left more than 100 people dead, including women and children. Opposition activists blamed the deaths on government forces and allied militia, a claim al-Assad denied.China and Russia, steadfast regime allies, reiterated their opposition to outside interference in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Syria cannot be peaceful, stable or democratic with President Bashar al-Assad in power, VoA informs. Speaking to reporters Thursday in Istanbul, Clinton said Assad has “doubled down on his brutality and duplicity” and that the time has come for the international community to plan for a post-Assad Syria.“We have to unite the international community behind a plan that is achievable and keeps faith with those inside Syria who are protesting and demonstrating, suffering and dying for their universal human rights,” Clinton said.

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