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May 29, 2012 8:43 am

U.S. and Major European Powers’ Expel Syrian Diplomats After Massacre

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NY Times- Several Western nations hardened their protest against Syria on Tuesday, expelling senior diplomats over the massacre of more than 100 people there, many of them children, last weekend. Their coordinated action came as the United Nations special envoy, Kofi Annan, was meeting with President Bashar al-Assad in the capital, Damascus, to shore up an apparently failing cease-fire.

The effort by countries including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, Italy and Canada to expel the senior Syrian diplomatic officials appeared timed to underscore the extreme isolation of the Syrian government and pressure Mr. Assad into honoring the terms of a nearly two-month-old peace plan negotiated by Mr. Annan. It followed comments by the chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff warning that continued atrocities could make military intervention more likely.

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