US tells Syrian protesters it's "unwise" to accept amnesty offer
The United States warned Syrian protesters Wednesday that it would be "unwise" to accept an amnesty offer from the Syrian government, given its track record of violence, dpa reported.
"We believe it would be unwise for regime opponents to turn themselves in, quite simply put," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. "Given the Assad regime's track record of lawlessness, of torture and thuggery against the opposition, we don't believe it's in anyone's interest to turn themselves in voluntarily to the Assad regime."
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem earlier this week criticized the United States for urging suspected gunmen not to hand in their weapons to authorities under an amnesty offer.
"Syria considers the US call an encouragement for the armed groups to pursue their criminal acts against the Syrian people and state," al-Moallem said.