Syria to have "more blood on hands" if blocks aid: Clinton

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:04 AM
Syria to have "more blood on hands" if blocks aid: Clinton

TUNIS (Reuters) - The administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have even more blood on its hands if it does not agree to an international demand to allow in urgent humanitarian relief, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

"If the Assad regime refuses to allow this life-saving aid to reach civilians, it will have even more blood on its hands," Clinton said in remarks prepared for delivery at a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group in Tunis.

"So too will those nations that continue to protect and arm the regime. We call on those states that are supplying weapons to kill civilians to halt immediately," she said.

"You will pay a heavy cost for ignoring the will of the international community and violating the human rights of your people," she said in remarks aimed at Assad.

"We all need to look hard at what more we can do. It's time for everyone here to place travel bans on senior members of the regime - as the Arab League has done - freeze their assets, boycott Syrian oil, suspend new investments, and consider closing embassies and consulates."

"For nations that have already imposed sanctions, we must vigorously enforce them," Clinton said.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Louise Ireland)