France, Syrian opposition say Assad’s amnesty not enough


France has called for “bolder” reforms from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as opposition members, meeting in Turkey, rejected his declaration of an amnesty as too little, too late.

“I fear it may be too late,” French Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppé told France Culture radio Wednesday, calling for “a much clearer change of direction, more ambitious and bolder than a mere amnesty”.

On Tuesday Assad issued a decree freeing political prisoners, specifying that the amnesty covered members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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