US renews call for Assad to step down
The United States on Tuesday reiterated a call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step because his government has failed to implement the six-point plan to end the violence in the country, DPA reported.
US Ambassador Susan Rice said Washington is focusing on a regime change in Damascus even though it supports Kofi Annan and his plan, which does not call for Assad to step down. The plan calls for democratic reform leading to a multi-party political system.
"The US policy remains that the Assad regime has lost its legitimacy, and he should step down," Rice told reporters.
Rice said the US policy is not contradicting Annan's plan because the plan includes a democratic platform that would lead to a new political system in Syria.