What's next for Syria?

By Alex Veeneman on May 29, 2012

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
(Photo courtesy of the Syrian government)

Diplomats in many western countries, including the US, have expelled Syrian officials in their respective countries. This comes after the death of 108 people in Syria’s Houla region last week.

“The international community is appalled by the violence that has continued, by the behavior of the regime, by the murder of so many innocent people,” said Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague according to a BBC report. Ronya Kaysar, a leader of Syrian opposition groups based in Qatar, told the BBC that the expelling would put pressure on the government.

Speaking to reporters in the capital Damascus, the envoy to the United Nations and the Arab League Kofi Annan, who met with the country’s president Bashar al-Assad, said the peace plan he negotiated, and which Syrian officials agreed with, must be implemented. “The Syrian people do not want the future to be one of bloodshed and division yet the killings continue and the abuses are still with us today,” Annan said according to the BBC. “I appealed to him for bold steps now, not tomorrow, now, to create momentum for the implementation of the plan.”

What do you think? What should Assad and the Syrian government do next? Is it time Assad steps down?

Join in the conversation. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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