Russia's Medvedev says Syrian leadership must reform: RIA

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 7:54 AM
Russia's Medvedev says Syrian leadership must reform: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that the Syrian leadership should leave power if it is unable to implement promised reforms, the state-run RIA news agency reported.

"We are using our channels and are actively working with the Syrian leadership, we are demanding that the Syrian leadership implement the necessary reforms," RIA quoted Medvedev as saying.

"If the Syrian leadership is incapable of conducting such reforms, it will have to go, but this decision should be taken not in NATO or certain European countries, it should be taken by the Syrian people and the Syrian leadership."

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by Gleb Bryanski)