In retaliation to the Hula massacre, which left 108 people dead, European countries have hardened their stance against the tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad.
France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy have announced the expulsion of Syrian ambassadors from their respective countries. In the aftermath of these steps, Canada has also ordered Syrian diplomats living in Ottawa to return to their native country,
The new French President, Francois Hollande was the initiator of this step when he asked Syrian ambassador to France, Lamia Chakkour to leave Paris immediately. Hollande said that the diplomat will be deported on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Moments later, German news agency DPA also asked the Syrian ambassador in Berlin to leave the country within 72 hours. Then, it was Italy and Spain’s turn to do the same thing.
Though Damascus denies any involvement in the massacre, the regime has not done anything about it either.
Former French PM, Laurent Fabius has called President Bashar al-Assad as “the murderer of his people” and said that “the sooner he steps down, the better it is.”
The recent evictions of ambassadors mark a new phase in the initiatives undertaken by the international community about the ongoing crisis that has destroyed Syria over a span of 14 months.
Meanwhile, UN and Arab League mediator, Kofi Annan held talks with the Syrian president where he expressed “Serious concerns of the international community” especially after the bloodbath in Hula.