US "outraged" by Syrian cross-border violence
The United States Monday said it was "outraged" by Syrian violence against refugees in Turkey, describing it as further evidence that Damascus does not intend to meet a ceasefire agreement that was to go into place this week, dpa reported.
"We strongly condemn any attack by the Syrian regime on refugees in border countries," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
"These incidents are just another indication that the Assad regime does not seem at all willing to meet the commitments that it made to Kofi Annan," she said.
She was referring to a deal under which the Syrian army was to have started withdrawing from residential areas on Tuesday and a ceasefire was to have followed 48 hours later.
The deal was brokered by Annan, the former UN secretary general who is the UN and Arab League's special emissary on the Syrian crisis.
"Not only has the violence not abated, it has been worse in recent days," Nuland said.
Nuland said the US was not optimistic that the regime would meet the ceasefire agreement, but would wait for the deadline and then determine the best course of action.