"They are a bunch of criminals who have been violating the law for years and have been sentenced in various criminal cases. They are religious extremists like those from Al Qaeda."
- BASHAR AL-ASSADSyrian President, suggesting in a television interview that the opposition groups to his regime, such as the Free Syrian Army, comprise religious extremists and criminals
"Ten unarmed observers, 30 unarmed observers, 300 unarmed observers, even a thousand unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems."
- ROBERT MOODhead of the U.N. observer mission to Syria, reiterating that the success of special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point plan requires the cessation of all violence
"Our message is to the Assad regime; Stop killing your people."
- JAY CARNEYWhite House Press Secretary, delivering a blunt message to Syrian President Bashar Assad to keep the terms of a cease fire brokered by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan
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