Thursday, March 03, 2005
US and France demand Syria leave Lebanon
Staff and agenciesTuesday March 1, 2005
Washington and Paris sought to capitalise today on the upheavals in Lebanon with a strongly worded joint statement calling on Syria to withdraw its troops from the country.
A day after street protests forced the resignation of the country's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, and his government, the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and the French foreign minister, Michel Barnier, demanded Damascus end its influence over its southern neighbour.
"The Syrians are out of step with where the region is going," Ms Rice said at a London summit on Palestinian reform. "The Lebanese people are beginning to express their aspirations for democracy, that they be able to carry out their political aspirations without foreign interference."
Hundreds of protesters waving Lebanese flags returned today to the central Beirut square where 25,000 opposition supporters celebrated the government's surprise resignation last night. ...
Wow, the Syrians are out of step with modern political and social progression. Please pardon me if I'm not shocked.