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Draft Communiqué From Action Group on Syria

Although Russia continued to oppose language in the Action Group on Syria statement calling for Bashar al-Assad to leave power, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted the changes made at Saturday's meeting in Geneva did not alter that key demand. Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen obtained a draft communiqué, linked below.
(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, British Foreign Minister William Hague, France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria Kofi Annan wait for the start of the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva June 30, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday, June 30, downplayed the changes made to the text of a joint statement on what should be done in Syria that was issued by major powers meeting in Geneva.

Russia continued to oppose language in the statement calling for a political transition under which Bashar al-Assad would be required to leave power. But Clinton insisted the edits agreed on at the meeting convened by UN Syria envoy Kofi Annan Saturday did not alter that key demand.

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