June 2 - As Syrian President Assad holds meetings to open a dialogue, opposition groups continue to call for him to quit. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Syrian State Television airs footage of President Bashar al-Assad meeting with advisers to engage different groups in Syria in an open discussion. Members of Syria's exiled opposition meeting in Turkey, say it is an offer they can refuse. Moulhem Droubi is a member of the Leadership council of the Muslim brotherhood. SOUNDBITE: Moulhem Droubi, member of the Leadership Council of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying (English): "The concluding statement says, number one, we are offering President Bashar Assad to resign immediately and transfer the authorities to his deputies so that the Syrian people within a year time can prepare themselves for a democratic process. If not we are pressing in supporting the revolution in Syria in order to force him to leave Syria for Syrians." In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says if Assad can not stop the violence he should leave.. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton , saying (English): "If he cannot end the violence against his own people, take meaningful steps to start a process of reform, then he needs to get out of the way. And, everyday that he stays in office and the violence continues, he is basically making that choice by default. He has not called for the end of the violence against his own people. He has not engaged seriously in any kind of reform efforts." Syrian forces killed at least 13 civilians Thursday in the town of Rastan Amateur video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters appears to show a protesters taken into custody by security forces amid the sound of gunfire. More footage from Homs province shows students taking to the streets in a week in which at least 56 civilians have reportedly been killed in Homs alone. In the predominately Kurdish region of Syria, more demonstrations as the calls continue for a new regime. In Hama, a funeral march. Rights groups says that more than 1,1000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprisings began in March. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.