Remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State. Istanbul, Turkey. April 1, 2012.

“We meet at an urgent moment for Syria and the region. Faced with a united international community and persistent popular opposition, Bashar al-Assad pledged to implement Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s initial six point plan. He promised to pull his regime’s forces back and silence its heavy weapons, allow peaceful demonstrations and access for humanitarian aid and journalists, and begin a political transition. Nearly a week has gone by, and we have to conclude that the regime is adding to its long list of broken promises.” [HTML format].