U.S. Policy in Syria, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 9, 2011 [open pdf - 275KB]
From the opening statement of Robert P. Casey, Jr.: "We know that Syrian men, women, and children have courageously--and that is an understatement--engaged in demonstrations for more than 6 months in their country. They seek basic democratic reforms and protection for human rights, but the Assad regime in Syria has responded with terrible, unspeakable violence. The United Nations estimates that more than 3,500 people have been killed since the unrest began in March of this year. […] [W]e must continue to take specific and visible actions to support democratic reform. First, we need to make it clear to the regime's supporters that their behavior will not be tolerated and they will be held accountable just as the regime will be held accountable. [...] This week, I will send a letter to the Treasury Department to urge the administration to expand the list of individuals to be sanctioned by the United States. The administration can do this by Executive order and should do so as soon as possible. […] Second, the United States must play a constructive role in isolating or, I should say, continuing to isolate the Assad regime. In October, I called for the establishment of a Friends of the Syrian People contact group. This contact group can serve as a main point of international engagement for the democratic opposition and the Syrian people. The Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and others could form the core of such a group, which would send a clear message of international solidarity and support of democratic change in Syria. […] Third, the courageous Syrian political opposition must work to communicate a unified vision for the future of Syria." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Luke A. Bronin, Robert P. Casey, Jr., Jeffrey D. Feltman, Richard J. Durbin, James E. Risch, Mark Dubowitz, Andrew J. Tabler, and Maria McFarland.
S. Hrg. 112-365; Senate Hearing 112-365
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