“The Syrian government must make way for a new power, it is absolutely clear. The current system continues its route to the complete loss of legitimacy and trust,” said the Swedish foreign minister to journalists on the eve of the meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union.
Since March 15, the Syrian regime is facing an unprecedented popular protest. To appease popular discontent, President Bashar al-Assad has lifted the state of emergency in force since 1963, and announced economic and political reforms. Despite these measures, the popular revolt is growing.
Some senior Western officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have already found that the regime of President al-Assad had lost its legitimacy after the violent repression of protests in the country.