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US, UK call for 'halt of bloodshed and violence' in Syria

August 14, 2011 - Washington

United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have called for an "immediate halt of all bloodshed and violence" against the protesters in Syria.

According to Amnesty International, over 1,500 people have been killed since March in the protests against Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime.

Both leaders discussed the ongoing turmoil in Syria "reiterating their deep concern about the Syrian government's use of violence against civilians and their belief that the Syrian people's legitimate demands for a transition to democracy should be met," the China Daily quoted a White House statement, as saying.

"They agreed on the need for an immediate halt of all bloodshed and violence against the Syrian people," it added.

Both leaders also agreed to closely monitor the actions of the Syrian government in the ongoing protests and consult in future on taking further steps on the issue.


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