Azerbaijan, Baku, June 6 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
The new sanction measures will be discussed in Washington on Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters at a press conference in Baku on June 6.
"It is time for all of us to turn our attention to a transition of power in Syria as it pays for tolerant, democratic, pluralistic future of the country," she said.
Clinton added that "it is clear that Syrian President Assad cannot and has failed to bring peace, stability or positive change to the Syrian people, and in fact has worked against all three".
She said today in Istanbul that she will meet with some of the U.S. most active partners and discuss the essential elements of a democratic transition strategy.
"The work on sanctions is continuing, today new sanction measures will be discused in Washington and we will look for additional measures that we can take in this regard as well as democration transition strategy," Clinton added.
She said that the U.S. will adress their efforts to work with the international community in promoting transition in Syria.
Syria has been covered by anti-government protests for more than year resulting in violent clashes. According to UN figures, the total number of victims in the country exceeds 10,000. In turn, the Syrian authorities say the number of those killed in clashes is over 2000 soldiers and police officers against whom there are well-armed militants.
Since April, a truce has been declared in the country in accordance with the plan of the UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan. UN observers were deployed in the country to monitor the truce. However, parties to the conflict regularly report new armed incidents and victims.